Wayne County, Pennsylvania

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Wayne County, Pennsylvania
Wayne County courthouse mod.jpg
The Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Formed from Northampton County March 21, 1798
Named for Anthony Wayne
Seat Honesdale
Largest borough Honesdale
 • Total 751 sq mi (1,945 km2)
 • Land 729 sq mi (1,888 km2)
 • Water 21 sq mi (54 km2), 2.84%
 • (2010) 52,822
 • Density 70.3/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.wayne.pa.us

Wayne is a sixth-class county in Pennsylvania. The county's population was 52,822 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.[1]

Wayne County's seat is Honesdale.[2] The county was formed from part of Northampton County on March 21, 1798,[3] and was named for the Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.[4]


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 751 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 729 square miles (1,890 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (2.84%) is water.[5]

The terrain of the county is varied. In the wider northern half, the land is rugged along its border with New York State, while the southern portion tends to be swampier. Higher hills and mountains are predominantly found along the county's western edge, while lower ones are more common in the east, near the Delaware River. The middle section of Wayne County is a wide plain.

The highest elevation in the county, 2,659 feet (810 m), is the summit of Mount Ararat in Orson. Two other summits at the north end of the same ridge also exceed 2,640 feet (800 m) in elevation. The county's lowest point, at approximately 680 square miles (1,800 km2), is along the Delaware, near Wayne County's border with Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Most of Wayne County is drained by the Delaware (which separates Pennsylvania from New York), with the exception of a few small areas in the western part of the county, which are drained by either the Starrucca Creek or the Lackawanna River (which both eventually flow into the Susquehanna River).

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 2,562
1810 4,125 61.0%
1820 4,127 0.0%
1830 7,663 85.7%
1840 11,848 54.6%
1850 21,890 84.8%
1860 32,239 47.3%
1870 33,188 2.9%
1880 33,513 1.0%
1890 31,010 −7.5%
1900 30,171 −2.7%
1910 29,236 −3.1%
1920 27,435 −6.2%
1930 28,420 3.6%
1940 29,934 5.3%
1950 28,478 −4.9%
1960 28,237 −0.8%
1970 29,581 4.8%
1980 35,237 19.1%
1990 39,944 13.4%
2000 47,722 19.5%
2010 52,822 10.7%
Est. 2012 51,955 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 47,722 people, 18,350 households, and 12,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 65 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 30,593 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.73% White, 1.59% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 1.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.2% were of German, 16.4% Irish, 11.4% Italian, 10.9% English, 8.5% Polish and 6.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18,350 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males.


As of October 21, 2014, there are 32,090 registered voters in Wayne County, with the following party breakdown:[8]

The Republican Party has been historically dominant in county-level politics. On the statewide and national levels Wayne County leans heavily toward the Republican Party. In 2000 Republican George W. Bush won 59% to Democrat Al Gore 37%. In 2004 Republican George W. Bush won 62% to Democrat John Kerry 37%. In 2008 Republican John McCain won 55% to Democrat Barack Obama 43%.

Wayne County was one of the four counties that Barry Goldwater won in Pennsylvania.[9]


US senators[edit]

US representative[edit]

State representatives[edit]

  • Sandra Major, Republican (111th district) - Buckingham, Clinton (partially), Lebanon, Manchester, Mount Pleasant, Oregon, Preston, and Scott Townships, and Starrucca Borough
  • Frank Farina, Democrat (115th district) - Canaan, Dreher, Lake, Lehigh, Salem, and Sterling Townships, and Waymart Borough
  • Michael Peifer, Republican (139th district) - Berlin, Cherry Ridge, Clinton (partially), Damascus, Dyberry, Palmyra, Paupack, South Canaan, and Texas Townships, and Bethany, Hawley, Honesdale, and Prompton Boroughs

State senator[edit]

County commissioners[edit]

  • Brian W. Smith, Republican (Chairman)[10]
  • Jonathan A. Fritz, Republican[10]
  • Wendell R. Kay, Democrat[10]

Other county officers[edit]

  • Auditors:[11] Carla Komar, Unknown; Kathy Schloesser, Unknown; Judy O'Connell, Unknown
  • Coroner:[12] Edward R. Howell, Republican
  • District Attorney:[13] Janine Edwards, Republican
  • Prothonotary:[14] Edward "Ned" Sandercock, Republican
  • Recorder of Deeds[15] and Register of Wills:[16] Ginger Golden, Republican
  • Sheriff:[17] Mark Steelman, Republican
  • Treasurer:[18] Brian T. Field, Republican

Healthcare services[edit]

Wayne County is served by the Wayne Memorial Health System. The Health System consists of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale and several other subsidiaries and/or affiliates. In addition, the community has a number of physicians and other professionals providing needed care.

Emergency services[edit]

Paramedic services are provided by three different agencies:

BLS services are provided as dispatched through the Wayne County Communication Center. These agencies include:

  • Newfoundland Area Ambulance, a volunteer ambulance corps, provides basic life support services in Dreher Township, and portions of adjoining Sterling and Lehigh townships.
  • Hawley Ambulance & Rescue Company provides BLS services.[22]
  • White Mills Community Ambulance provides BLS services.[22]
  • Northern Wayne Fire Company provides BLS service from their station on Route 370 in Lakewood.[23]

Maplewood Fire and Rescue provides QRS "quick response service" to all medical calls in Lake and Salem townships.

Federal representation[edit]

The Federal Bureau of Prisons United States Penitentiary, Canaan is in Canaan Township, near Waymart.[24][25]

Municipalities and other communities[edit]

Plotical map of Wayne County, Pennsylvania, with townships and boroughs labeled. Townships are colored white and boroughs are colored red.
Map of Wayne County with boroughs in red and townships in white.
Map of Wayne County's school districts, colored in dark green, light green, orange, and red, and labeled by district. Text across the top reads "WAYNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAP."
Map of Wayne County's school districts.

Incorporated municipalities[edit]

Under Pennsylvania law, there are five types of incorporated municipalities: boroughs, cities, school districts, towns (of which there is only one in the state), and townships. Wayne County has only boroughs, school districts (which may cross county lines), and townships. The latter two types are classified based on population by the state government; all of Wayne County's school districts are third-class, and all of its townships are second-class. A complete list of the county's municipalities follows:


School districts[edit]


Unincorporated communities[edit]

In addition, Pennsylvania also has a few types of unincorporated communities, namely villages and private communities. Villages are unincorporated communities within a township, often defined by ZIP code boundaries, property deeds, and local consensus, but which have no official boundaries or population, unless they are also census-designated places (CDPs), geographical areas designated by the US Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. Regardless of whether or not they are CDPs, however, they are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Private communities are gated settlements usually governed by a community association, which also often defines the boundaries of the community and may keep track of the number of its members. However, like villages, private communities have no official boundaries or populations, unless they are CDPs, and are never Pennsylvanian jurisdictions. The following is an incomplete list by necessity (including only those villages and communities with their own Wikipedia articles), but more complete lists of Wayne County's villages and private communities may be found in the corresponding township entry.


Private communities[edit]

Other information[edit]

Private schools[edit]

There are five private or parochial schools in Wayne County:

  • Canaan Christian Academy[26] in Varden
  • Damascus Christian Academy[27] in Damascus
  • Saint Dominic's Academy[28] in Honesdale
  • Serendipity Center Early Learning[29] in Hawley
  • Sonshine Christian Preschool and Daycare[30] in Hawley


The Wayne Library Alliance[31] operates seven public libraries throughout the county:

  • The Bethany Public Library[32] in Bethany
  • The Community Library of Lake & Salem Townships[33] in Hamlin
  • The Hawley Public Library[34] in Hawley
  • The Newfoundland Area Public Library[35] in Newfoundland
  • The Northern Wayne Community Library[36] in Lakewood
  • The Pleasant Mount Public Library[37] in Pleasant Mount
  • The Wayne County Public Library[38] in Honesdale

Correctional facilities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Goodrich, Phineas G. (1992) [1880]. History of Wayne County. Baltimore: Gateway Press, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Wayne County, PA". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Registration Statistics as of October 21, 2014". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  9. ^ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas
  10. ^ a b c "Commissioners". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Auditors". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Coroner". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "District Attorney". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Prothonotary". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Recorder of Deeds". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Register of Wills". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sheriff". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Treasurer". Wayne County, PA. Wayne County Courthouse. 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  19. ^ http://waemt.squarespace.com/service-area/
  20. ^ http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/moses-taylor-hospital-acquires-lackawanna-ambulance-1.1527834
  21. ^ Cottage Hose Ambulance Employee Manual
  22. ^ a b Ambulance Company still struggles after fire, Wayne Independence, January 14, 2013
  23. ^ http://firedepartment.net/directory/pennsylvania/wayne-county/lakewood/northern-wayne-fire-company
  24. ^ "USP Canaan Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on February 23, 2011. "3057 EASTON TURNPIKE WAYMART, PA 18472."
  25. ^ "Canaan township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 23, 2011.
  26. ^ "Canaan Christian Academy". Canaan Christian Academy. Canaan Christian Academy. 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "First Baptist Church of Damascus". First Baptist Church of Damascus. First Baptist Church of Damascus. 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Saint Dominic's Academy". Saint Dominic's Academy. Saint Dominic's Academy. 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Serendipity Center Inc". upspringTM. Upspring. 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Sonshine Christian Preschool and Daycare". yelp. Yelp, Inc. 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Wayne County Pennsylvania Public Libraries". Wayne County Pennsylvania Public Libraries. Wayne County Pennsylvania Public Libraries. 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "Bethany Public Library Home Page!". Bethany Public Library Home Page!. Bethany Public Library Home Page!. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  33. ^ "Community Library of Lake & Salem Townships". Facebook. Facebook, Inc. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  34. ^ "Hawley Public Library". Hawley Borough. Dynamic Technology Software, Inc. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  35. ^ "Newfoundland Area Public Library". Wayne County Pennsylvania Public Libraries. Wayne County Pennsylvania Public Libraries. 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  36. ^ "Northern Wayne Community Library". Wayne County Pennsylvania Public Libraries. Wayne County Pennsylvania Public Libraries. 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  37. ^ "Pleasant Mount Public Library". Facebook. Facebook, Inc. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  38. ^ "Wayne County PA Library". Facebook. Facebook, Inc. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 

Coordinates: 41°39′N 75°19′W / 41.65°N 75.31°W / 41.65; -75.31