Wayne County, Pennsylvania

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Wayne County, Pennsylvania
Wayne County courthouse mod.jpg
Wayne County Courthouse
Seal of Wayne County, Pennsylvania
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 County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,822.[1] Its county seat is Honesdale.[2] The county was formed from Northampton County on 21 May 1798 and was named for the Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 751 square miles (1,944 km²), of which 729 square miles (1,889 km²) is land and 21 square miles (55 km²) (2.84%) is water.[4]

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.

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[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] 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 [1].

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.[7]


US Senators[edit]

US Representative[edit]

State Representatives[edit]

State Senator[edit]

County Commissioners[edit]

  • Brian W. Smith, Chairman, Republican
  • Jonathan A. Fritz, Republican
  • Wendell Kay, Democrat

Other County Offices[edit]

  • 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[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.[11]
  • White Mills Community Ambulance provides BLS services.[11]
  • Northern Wayne Fire Company provides BLS service from their station on Route 370 in Lakewood.[12]

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.[13][14]

Municipalities and other communities[edit]

Map of Wayne County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Wayne County:



Census-designated places[edit]

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.

Other Unincorporated Communities[edit]

Map of Wayne County, Pennsylvania School Districts


Public School Districts[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

  • 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

See also[edit]

External links[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. ^ "Wayne, PA". Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas
  8. ^ http://waemt.squarespace.com/service-area/
  9. ^ http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/moses-taylor-hospital-acquires-lackawanna-ambulance-1.1527834
  10. ^ Cottage Hose Ambulance Employee Manual
  11. ^ a b Ambulance Company still struggles after fire, Wayne Independence, January 14, 2013
  12. ^ http://firedepartment.net/directory/pennsylvania/wayne-county/lakewood/northern-wayne-fire-company
  13. ^ "USP Canaan Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on February 23, 2011. "3057 EASTON TURNPIKE WAYMART, PA 18472."
  14. ^ "Canaan township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 23, 2011.

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