Wayne County, Pennsylvania
|Wayne County, Pennsylvania|
Wayne County Courthouse
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Formed from Northampton County||March 21, 1798|
|Named for||Anthony Wayne|
|• Total||751 sq mi (1,945 km2)|
|• Land||729 sq mi (1,888 km2)|
|• Water||21 sq mi (54 km2), 2.84%|
|• Density||70.3/sq mi (27/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Wayne County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,822. Its county seat is Honesdale. The county was formed from Northampton County on 21 May 1798 and was named for the Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Politics
- 4 Municipalities and other communities
- 5 Education
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
The terrain of the county is varied. In the wider northern half, it is rugged along its borders; with higher hills found along the western border, lower ones in the east near the river and a wide plain in the middle. The southern portion tends to be swampier.
The highest elevation in the county, 2,656 feet (809.5 m), is the summit of Mount Ararat in Preston Township, near Orson. Two other summits at the north end of the same ridge also exceed 2,640 feet (804.6 m) elevation. The lowest point is along the Delaware River at the Pike County line, approximately 680 feet (207.2 m).
Most of the county is drained by the Delaware River (which separates it from New York,) except for small western areas drained by the Starrucca Creek and the Lackawanna River into the Susquehanna River.
- Broome County, New York (north)
- Delaware County, New York (northeast)
- Sullivan County, New York (east)
- Pike County (south)
- Monroe County (south)
- Lackawanna County (west)
- Susquehanna County (west)
As of the census 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 November 2010, there are 31,506 registered voters in Wayne County .
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%.
- Tom Corbett, Republican
- Sandra Major, Republican, 111th district
- Michael Peifer, Republican, 139th district
- Edward Staback, Democrat, 115th district, also Represents part of Lackawanna County.
- Lisa Baker, Republican, 20th district
- Brian W. Smith, Chairman, Republican
- Jonathan A. Fritz, Republican
- Wendell Kay, Democrat
Other County Offices
- Auditors, Carla Komar, Unknown, Kathy Schloesser, Unknown, Judy O'Connell, Unknown
- Coroner, Edward R. Howell, Republican
- District Attorney, Janine Edwards, Republican
- Prothonotary, Ned Sandercock, Republican
- Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Ginger Golden, Republican
- Sheriff, Mark Steelman, Republican
- Treasurer, Brian T. Field, Republican
Health Care Services
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.
Paramedic services are provided by three different agencies:
- Wayne Ambulance, an affiliate of Lackawanna Ambulance (based in Scranton) which is owned by Community Health Systems, provides advanced life support and basic life support services to most of Wayne County, from a base in Honesdale.
- Cottage Hose Company / Mobile 9, based in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, provides advanced life support to all of Wayne County, as well as basic life support as a mutual aid or private service. They primarily respond to calls in Waymart, South Canaan Township, and Clinton Township, as this area adjoins their primary service area. They also service Forest City, Pennsylvania, which is located in Susquehanna County but dispatched through Wayne County due to their coverage of Browndale.
- Pike County Advanced Life Support / Mobile 401, has a sub-station in Hawley, provides Advanced Life Support services to a small western part of the Wayne County, including Hawley and Palmyra Township
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.
- White Mills Community Ambulance provides BLS services.
- Northern Wayne Fire Company provides BLS service from their station on Route 370 in Lakewood.
Maplewood Fire and Rescue provides QRS "quick response service" to all medical calls in Lake and Salem townships.
Municipalities and other communities
Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.
- Big Bass Lake in Lehigh Township
- Gouldsboro in Lehigh Township
- Pocono Springs in Dreher, Lehigh and Sterling townships
- The Hideout in Lake and Salem townships
- Wallenpaupack Lake Estates in Paupack Township
- White Mills in Texas Township
Other Unincorporated Communities
Public School Districts
- Forest City Regional School District (also in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties)
- North Pocono School District (also in Lackawanna County)
- Susquehanna Community School District (also in Susquehanna County)
- Wallenpaupack Area School District (also in Pike County)
- Wayne Highlands School District
- Western Wayne School District
- Canaan Christian Academy
- Damascus Christian Academy
- Discover The Rainbow - Hawley
- Serendipity Center Early Learning, Inc. - Hawley
- Sonshine Christian Preschool and Daycare - Hawley
- St Dominics Academy - Honesdale
- Bethany Public Library
- Community Library of Lake & Salem Townships
- Farview State Hospital - Waymart
- Hawley Public Library - Hawley
- Newfoundland Area Public Library - Newfoundland
- Northern Wayne Community Library - Lakewood
- Pleasant Mount Public Library - Pleasant Mount
- Wayne County Public Library - Honesdale
- Wayne Library Alliance - Honesdale
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Wayne, PA". Retrieved 2007-02-27.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas
- Cottage Hose Ambulance Employee Manual
- Ambulance Company still struggles after fire, Wayne Independence, January 14, 2013
- "USP Canaan Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on February 23, 2011. "3057 EASTON TURNPIKE WAYMART, PA 18472."
- "Canaan township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 23, 2011.
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