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Wayne County, Ohio

Wayne County, Ohio
Wayne County Courthouse
Seal of Wayne County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded January 4, 1812 (date organized; formed 1808)[1]
Named for General Anthony Wayne
Seat Wooster
Largest city Wooster
 • Total 557 sq mi (1,443 km2)
 • Land 555 sq mi (1,437 km2)
 • Water 1.9 sq mi (5 km2), 0.3%
 • (2010) 114,520
 • Density 206/sq mi (80/km²)
Congressional district 16th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.wayneohiowww

Wayne County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 114,520.[2] Its county seat is Wooster.[3] The county is named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.[4]

The Wooster, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Wayne County.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Government 3
  • Education 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Townships 5.3
    • Census-designated places 5.4
    • Unincorporated communities 5.5
  • See also 6
  • Footnotes 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 557 square miles (1,440 km2), of which 555 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 111,564 people, 40,445 households, and 29,484 families residing in the county. The population density was 201 people per square mile (78/km²). There were 42,324 housing units at an average density of 76 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.52% White, 1.57% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.7% were of German, 13.9% American, 9.6% Irish, 9.0% English and 5.5% Swiss ancestry according to Census 2000. 91.5% spoke English, 3.2% German, 1.6% Dutch, 1.5% Pennsylvania Dutch and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 40,445 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,538, and the median income for a family was $48,294. Males had a median income of $33,976 versus $23,203 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,330. About 5.40% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.60% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.


The Wayne County Public Library serves the communities of Wayne County, Ohio from its administrative offices in Wooster, Ohio and branches in Creston, Dalton, Doylestown, Rittman, Shreve, and West Salem. It also offers bookmobile service and outreach program, and patron can use the extended services of CLEVNET, a group of libraries located in northeast Ohio.

In 2005, the library loaned more than 1.2 million items to its 54,000 cardholders.[12] Total holding are over 340,000 volumes with over 900 periodical subscriptions.[13]



Map of Wayne County, Ohio with municipal and township labels




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ "Wayne County History". Wayne County Public Library. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Rebecca (2005). This Day in Ohio History. Emmis Books. p. 119. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  12. ^ "2005 Ohio Public Library Statistics:Public Libraries Ranked by Circulation". State Library of Ohio. Retrieved October 3, 2006. 
  13. ^ "2005 Ohio Public Library Statistics:Statistics by County and Town". State Library of Ohio. Retrieved October 3, 2006. 

Further reading

  • Benjamin Douglass, History of Wayne County, Ohio, from the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. Indianapolis, IN: Robert Douglass, 1878.
  • History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen, 1910.

External links

  • County website
  • Wayne County Public Library website
  • Wayne County Board of Elections website

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