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Wayne County, Tennessee

Wayne County, Tennessee
Map of Tennessee highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded 1817
Named for General Anthony Wayne[1]
Seat Waynesboro
Largest city Clifton
 • Total 736 sq mi (1,906 km2)
 • Land 734 sq mi (1,901 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2), 0.2%
 • (2010) 17,021
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.waynecountytnwww

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,021.[2] Its county seat is Waynesboro.[3] The county is named after General "Mad Anthony" Wayne.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected area 2.2
    • State protected areas 2.3
  • Demographics 3
    • Religion 3.1
  • Education 4
    • College 4.1
    • Public schools 4.2
  • Media 5
    • Radio 5.1
    • Newspaper 5.2
  • Events 6
    • Tour de Wayne 6.1
  • Communities 7
    • Cities 7.1
    • Census-designated place 7.2
    • Unincorporated communities 7.3
  • Notable individuals 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Wayne County was created in 1817 from parts of Hickman and Humphreys counties. Waynesboro, its county seat, was established in 1821.[1] The city of Clifton emerged as a key river port in the mid-19th century.[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 736 square miles (1,910 km2), of which 734 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4] It is the second-largest county in Tennessee by area. The county lies primarily along the southwestern Highland Rim.[1] The Tennessee River flows along Wayne County's northwestern border with Decatur County. The Buffalo River, a tributary of the Duck River, flows through the northern part of Wayne County. The Green River, a tributary of the Buffalo, flows through Waynesboro.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

State protected areas

  • Arnold Hollow Wildlife Management Area
  • Browntown Wildlife Management Area
  • Eagle Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Tie Camp Wildlife Management Area


Age pyramid Wayne County[10]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 17,021 people, 5,822 households, and 4,321 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,701 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.3% White, 5.7% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,936 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 121.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,576, and the median income for a family was $30,973. Males had a median income of $27,879 versus $19,034 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,472. About 12.90% of families and 16.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 19.60% of those age 65 or over.


The religious affiliations of the people of Wayne County, Tennessee are: [12]



Public schools




  • The Wayne County News


Tour de Wayne

Wayne County hosts the Tour de Wayne annually, which offers bicycle riders routes through the county. Routes range from 5 miles (8.0 km) to 100 miles (160 km), and are suitable for riders of every experience level.



Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Notable individuals

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Bob Rains, "Wayne County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 23 April 2013.
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  10. ^ Based on 2000 census data
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  12. ^ Wayne County, Retrieved: 23 April 2013.

External links

  • Official website
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Wayne County News
  • Wayne County at DMOZ

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