Wayne County, Michigan
||It has been suggested that Wayne County Road Commission be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since October 2012.|
|Wayne County, Michigan|
Location in the state of Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
|Founded||August 15, 1796|
672.20 sq mi (1,741 km²)
614.15 sq mi (1,591 km²)
58.05 sq mi (150 km²), 8.64%
2,963/sq mi (1,144/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Wayne County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, its population was 1,820,584 making it the 18th most-populous county in the United States. The county seat is Detroit, the largest city in Michigan.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 672.20 square miles (1,741.0 km2), of which 614.15 square miles (1,590.6 km2) (or 91.36%) is land and 58.05 square miles (150.3 km2) (or 8.64%) is water (including parts of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair).
The eastern (and sometimes southern) boundary is a water boundary in the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair with Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Automotive traffic crosses this boundary at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge. Due to the change in direction of the river, this portion of Ontario actually lies south of Wayne County. Due to the direction ambiguity, the southern communities of the county are usually referred to as "Downriver".
Adjacent counties 
- Washtenaw County (west)
- Monroe County (south/southwest)
- Macomb County (northeast)
- Oakland County (northwest)
- Essex County, Ontario (east)
||Oakland County||Oakland County and Macomb County||Macomb County and Lake St. Clair|
|Washtenaw County||Essex County, Ontario, Canada and Detroit River|
|Monroe County||Monroe County||Lake Erie and Detroit River|
Wayne County was one of the first counties formed when the Northwest Territory was organized. It was named for the American general "Mad Anthony" Wayne. It originally encompassed the entire area of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, as well as small sections that are now part of northern Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. By proclamation of the Territorial Secretary and Acting Governor, Winthrop Sargent, on August 15, 1796, the boundaries of Wayne County were declared to begin at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River then west to Fort Wayne, then to the southernmost point of Lake Michigan and along the western shore north to the territorial boundary in Lake Superior and then along the territorial boundary through Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie back to the starting point.
On January 14, 1803, the Governor of Indiana Territory, William Henry Harrison, issued a similar proclamation defining the boundaries as beginning at a point where an east and west line passing through the southernmost extreme of Lake Michigan would intersect a north and south line, passing through the westernmost extreme of the lake, then north to the territorial boundary, then along said boundary line to a point where an east and west line passing through the southerly extreme of Lake Michigan would intersect the same, then along this last mentioned line to the place of beginning. This boundary would include Chicago, Illinois and a sizable strip of Wisconsin along Lake Michigan.
National protected area 
- I-75 through the Downriver communities, then through the southwest-side neighborhoods of Detroit and serves as the northern border of Downtown Detroit as the Fisher Freeway. It then turns away from the Fisher onto the Chrysler Freeway at a complex interchange with I-375 and an unnumbered extension which connects with M-3, then follows M-1, which is less than a mile away through the remainder of Detroit, connecting eastern Wayne County to Toledo and Flint to the south and north respectively. It runs non-stop to the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge to the north and to Florida to the south.
- I-94 runs east-west through the central parts of Wayne County, connecting it to Port Huron eastbound and Chicago westbound. To the west it provides an uninterrupted route as far as Montana and connects to the northern side of the Detroit Metro Airport. In Detroit it is known as the Edsel Ford Freeway.
- I-96 has its eastern terminus in the county, in Detroit. It follows Grand River Avenue until the city's northwest side, there it turns due west to I-275, where it turns north to concurrent with I-275. West of Detroit to I-275 it is known as the Jeffries Freeway; in Detroit it is the Rosa Parks Memorial Highway, but it is sometimes still known as the Jeffries.
- I-275, most of whose mileage is in Wayne County, serves the southern side of the Detroit Metro Airport as well as the Pinnacle Race Course.
- I-375 is the nation's shortest Interstate Highway to be signed. However some highways are shorter but are not signed at all. It serves as the eastern boundary of Downtown Detroit and is a southern extension of the Chrysler Freeway.
- US 12 has its eastern terminus in Downtown Detroit at Cass Avenue. From there it travels through the west side of Detroit and through Dearborn and other points west and is a useful alternative to I-94. Locally it is known as Michigan Avenue.
- US 24 traverses through Downriver and the far west sides of Dearborn and Detroit and is a useful alternative to I-75. Locally it is known as Telegraph Road.
- US 10 entered the county by two ways. Initially it was via Woodward Avenue but when the Lodge Freeway was completed U.S. Route 10 was relocated onto it; the Woodward route became M-1. Later the existing highway was truncated in Bay City and M-10 replaced it on the Lodge.
- US 16 entered Wayne County on Grand River Avenue and ended in Downtown Detroit.
- US 25 was the designated name for Dix-Toledo Highway in Downriver and Fort Street and Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. The construction of I-75 resulted in the truncation of U.S. Route 25 to Cincinnati.
- US 112 followed Michigan Avenue out of Downtown Detroit and out of Wayne County. Is now a routing of U.S. Route 12.
- M-1 has its southern terminus in Downtown Detroit at Adams Street. It travels through Midtown Detroit and New Center and through Highland Park. It serves as an alternative to I-75 and M-10. Locally known as Woodward Avenue. M-1 was a result of US-10 being redesignated to the Lodge Freeway.
- M-3 has its southern terminus in Downtown Detroit at Randolph and Jefferson Avenue. It proceeds northeasterly through Detroit's northeast side and beyond towards Mount Clemens and points further north. Locally known as Gratiot Avenue. M-3 was the result of the removal of US-25 from Michigan.
- M-5 begins at the northern intersection with I-96 on Detroit's northwest side and follows Grand River Avenue out of the county.
- M-8 runs from I-96 to Conant Street in Detroit, passing through Highland Park. The freeway portion is known as the Davison Freeway.
- M-10 starts at the same intersection where M-3 starts in Downtown Detroit and travels further into the city on the Lodge Freeway and connects it to Southfield.
- M-14 starts at the interchange with I-96 and I-275 in Livonia and travels out into rural areas, serving Plymouth and Ann Arbor.
- state-MI M / 39 starts in Lincoln Park's city center and runs along Southfield Road to Allen Park and becomes the Southfield Freeway, traveling through the west side of Detroit.
- M-39 begins at M-3 in Detroit, running through the city and connecting it to the Thumb area of the state. Locally known as Van Dyke Avenue.
- M-85, which is entirely in Wayne County, starts at Griswold Street in Downtown Detroit and connects the city's southwest side to Downriver, ending near Flat Rock at I-75, for whom which M-85 serves as an alternative. Locally known as West Fort and South Fort, divided at the River Rouge.
- M-97 only runs a short distance through Detroit's northeast side, starting at M-3. In the city it follows Gunston Street and Hoover Street.
- M-102 follows the county line between M-5 and I-94. Locally known as West 8 Mile and East 8 Mile, divided at John R. Street.
- M-153 starts at Wyoming Street on the Detroit-Dearborn limit and continues through the western suburbs as Ford Road.
- M-16 became part of US 16, which is also removed from Michigan.
- M-17 once followed Ecorse Road into Lincoln Park, then ran concurrently with U.S. Route 25 to Downtown Detroit.
- M-56 connected US 24 in Monroe to Flat Rock; it once connected to US 112 in Canton along Huron River Drive and Belleville Road.
- M-112 entered Wayne County during World War II, and the years following, on an expressway, providing access to the Willow Run Airport in Van Buren Township and turned onto present-day Interstate 94 in Romulus Township. In Taylor Township it had interchanges with both M-17 and US 24, then ended at US 112 in Dearborn.
- Dixie Highway ran through Wayne County as early as 1915. Back then it was one of the only routes that connected the county to the Southern United States. Today there are no traces of the old highway in the county.
- Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is located in the Downriver community of Romulus. It serves as a hub for Delta Air Lines and Spirit Airlines and is one of the two airports operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority.
- Willow Run Airport is located in Van Buren Township and has four runways (a fifth was recently converted into a taxiway). No scheduled flights operate out of Willow Run and is one of the two airports operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority.
- Grosse Ile Municipal Airport is located about two miles (3.2 km) south of Grosse Ile Township's downtown area. It has two paved runways. No scheduled flights operate out of this airport as well.
- Coleman A. Young International Airport is also known as the Detroit City Airport, which is not to be confused with the larger and nearby Detroit Metro Airport. It is located just a short drive from Downtown Detroit along M-3. It also has two runways and no scheduled flights, although it has been attempted in the past.
The 2010 United States Census indicates Wayne County had a 2010 population of 1,820,584. This is a decrease of -240,578 people from the 2000 United States Census. Overall, the county had a -11.7% growth rate during this ten-year period. In 2010 there were 702,749 households and 450,651 families in the county. The population density was 2,974.4 per square mile (1,148.4 square kilometers). There were 821,693 housing units at an average density of 1,342.5 per square mile (518.3 square kilometers). The racial and ethnic makeup of the county was 49.6% White, 40.3% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 5.2% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races.
There were 702,749 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were husband and wife families, 20.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.9% were non-families, and 30.7% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.4% under age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.
The 2010 American Community Survey 1-year estimate indicates the median income for a household in the county was $39,408 and the median income for a family was $49,176. Males had a median income of $26,823 versus $17,744 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,948. About 18.6% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.8% of those under the age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.
Wayne County is Michigan's first "charter county", with a home rule charter setting up its structures within limits set in state law and constitution. Most Michigan county governments are structured according to state law, without a locally adopted charter.
The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records for all areas except Detroit, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. Most other local government functions – police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. – are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.
Wayne County elected officials 
- County Executive: Robert A. Ficano (Democratic)
- Prosecuting Attorney: Kym L. Worthy (Democratic)
- Sheriff: Benny N. Napoleon (Democratic)
- County Clerk: Cathy M. Garrett (Democratic)
- County Treasurer: Raymond J. Wojtowicz (Democratic)
- Register of Deeds: Bernard J. Youngblood (Democratic)
- Wayne County Commission: Gary Woronchak, Chair (Democratic) 15 members, elected from districts (13 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
- Circuit Court (3rd Circuit encompasses Wayne County): 61 judges (non-partisan)
- Probate Court: 8 judges (non-partisan)
(information as of December 2009)
Department of Public Services 
Formerly the Wayne County Road Commission, the Department of Public Services is the government agency in Wayne County responsible for building and maintaining the county's roads and highways. A number of the former agency's works are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Wayne County Jail Division operates The Andrew C. Baird Detention Facility in Downtown Detroit, the The Old Wayne County Jail in Downtown Detroit, and the The William Dickerson Detention Facility in Hamtramck.
|2012||72.83% 595,846||26.13% 213,814|
|2008||74.02% 660,085||24.62% 219,582|
|2004||69.39% 600,047||29.81% 257,750|
|2000||69.01% 530,414||29.02% 223,021|
|1996||68.95% 504,466||24.04% 175,886|
|1992||60.39% 508,464||26.96% 227,002|
|1988||60.18% 450,222||39.03% 291,996|
|1984||57.19% 496,632||42.31% 367,391|
|1980||58.60% 522,024||35.42% 315,532|
|1976||60.11% 548,767||38.18% 348,588|
|1972||53.26% 514,913||45.08% 435,877|
|1968||63.25% 654,157||26.16% 270,566|
|1964||75.97% 831,674||23.83% 260,901|
|1960||65.99% 773,327||33.66% 394,485|
Cities, villages, and townships 
- Allen Park
- Dearborn Heights
- Flat Rock (partially in
- Garden City
See also 
- "Bibliography on Wayne County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- Wayne County, Michigan History Magazine
- United States Census Bureau, County population, accessed March 29, 2011
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "Proclamation by Winthrop Sargent". Collections of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan together with Reports of County Pioneer Societies, Vol VIII. (second edition ed.). Lansing, Mich.: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford. 1907 . pp. 496–497. Retrieved 2006-10-15.
- "Proclamation by Governor Harrison". Collections of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan together with Reports of County Pioneer Societies, Vol VIII. (second edition ed.). Lansing, Mich.: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford. 1907 . pp. 540–542. Retrieved 2006-10-15.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved March 17, 2013.
- "American Factfinder". United States Census Bureau accessdate=March 11, 2012.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Highway Bridges of Michigan MPS
- "Jail Division." Wayne County. Retrieved on November 5, 2012. "570 Clinton Street, Detroit, MI 48226" and "525 Clinton Street, Detroit, MI 48226" and "3501 Hamtramck Dr, Hamtramck, MI 48212"
Further reading 
- Farmer, Silas (1969) . The history of Detroit and Michigan, or, The metropolis illustrated: a chronological cyclopaedia of the past and present: including a full record of territorial days in Michigan, and the annuals of Wayne County. Detroit: S. Farmer & Co. OCLC 7959532.
- Wayne County Government
- Wayne County Local History
- "Bibliography on Wayne County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- History of the Wayne County Road Commission
- Wayne County Road Commission Photos
- History: Facts about the World's First Mile of Concrete Highway