Wayne County, Indiana

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Wayne County, Indiana
Wayne County Courthouse in Richmond, front.jpg
Wayne County Courthouse in Richmond
Map of Indiana highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1811
Named for Anthony Wayne
Seat Richmond
Largest city Richmond
 • Total 404.34 sq mi (1,047 km2)
 • Land 401.74 sq mi (1,041 km2)
 • Water 2.60 sq mi (7 km2), 0.64%
 • (2010) 68,917
 • Density 176/sq mi (68/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website co.wayne.in.us
Footnotes: Indiana county number 89

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 68,917.[1] The county seat is Richmond.[2]


Wayne County was formed in 1811. It was named for Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne, who was an officer during the Revolutionary War. Wayne is mainly remembered for his service in the 1790s in the Northwest Indian War, which included many actions in Indiana and Ohio.

The first county seat was Salisbury, Indiana, a town which no longer exists and later moved to Centerville, Indiana where it remained until a move to Richmond.

In the 1920s, Indiana had the strongest Ku Klux Klan organization in the country under Grand Dragons D. C. Stephenson and Walter F. Bossert, with control over the state legislature and an ally in Governor Ed Jackson.[3] At its height, national membership during the second Klan movement reached 1.5 million, with 300,000 from Indiana.[4] Records show that Wayne County was home to Whitewater Klan No. 60.[4] Robert Lyons, of Richmond, was national chief of staff for the Klan.[5]


Richmond is the county seat.

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 404.34 square miles (1,047.2 km2), of which 401.74 square miles (1,040.5 km2) (or 99.36%) is land and 2.60 square miles (6.7 km2) (or 0.64%) is water.[6] Wayne County includes Indiana's highest natural elevation, Hoosier Hill, at 1,257 feet (383 m).

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Climate and weather[edit]

Richmond, Indiana
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in Richmond have ranged from a low of 17 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −27 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 100 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.27 inches (58 mm) in February to 4.41 inches (112 mm) in May.[7]


The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four-year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.[8][9]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[8][9]

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is also elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[9]

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officers serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 12,119
1830 18,571 53.2%
1840 23,290 25.4%
1850 25,320 8.7%
1860 29,558 16.7%
1870 34,048 15.2%
1880 38,613 13.4%
1890 37,628 −2.6%
1900 38,970 3.6%
1910 43,757 12.3%
1920 48,136 10.0%
1930 54,809 13.9%
1940 59,229 8.1%
1950 68,566 15.8%
1960 74,039 8.0%
1970 79,109 6.8%
1980 76,058 −3.9%
1990 71,951 −5.4%
2000 71,097 −1.2%
2010 68,917 −3.1%
Est. 2013 67,893 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 71,097 people, 28,469 households, and 19,301 families residing in the county. The population density was 176 people per square mile (68/km²). There were 30,468 housing units at an average density of 76 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.04% White, 5.10% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 1.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.7% were of American, 23.3% German, 10.8% English and 10.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 28,469 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% were non-families. 27.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,885, and the median income for a family was $42,811. Males had a median income of $32,298 versus $21,901 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,727. About 8.50% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

According to an estimate released in 2009 by the United States Census Bureau, in 2008 Wayne County had a relatively high percentage of divorced residents over age 15: 19.2 percent. Among 54,810 native born residents 19.4 percent were divorced, and among 550 foreign born residents none were divorced. Among Whites, 18.7 percent were divorced, while 11.6 percent of Blacks or African Americans were divorced. The age category with the highest percentage of divorced person was 45-54. (males: 35 percent; females 33.5 percent). Among males and females aged 15–19, the percent divorced was zero.[15]

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  1. ^ a b "Wayne County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Indiana State Library, Ku Klux Klan Resources from the Indiana Division, http://www.statelib.lib.in.us/www/isl/indiana/Klan.html, URL accessed May 30, 2006
  4. ^ a b "Historical Sketch" in "Ku Klux Klan, Wayne County, Indiana Records, 1916–1933, Collection Guide" (PDF). Indiana Historical Society. 2004-02-02. Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  5. ^ Klan issue in Democrat race for president. (May 14, 1924). Richmond Evening Item, p. 1.
  6. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Richmond, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ Wayne County, Indiana S1201. Marital Status; United States Census Bureau http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/STTable?_bm=y&-state=st&-context=st&-qr_name=ACS_2008_1YR_G00_S1201&-ds_name=ACS_2008_1YR_G00_&-tree_id=308&-_caller=geoselect&-geo_id=05000US18177&-format=&-_lang=en, URL accessed September 23, 2009.
  16. ^ "Kansas Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 39°52′N 85°01′W / 39.86°N 85.01°W / 39.86; -85.01