Wayne County, Iowa

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Wayne County
Wayne County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Wayne County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°44′17″N 93°19′36″W / 40.738055555556°N 93.326666666667°W / 40.738055555556; -93.326666666667
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1846
Named forAnthony Wayne
SeatCorydon
Largest cityCorydon
Area
 • Total527 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Land525 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Water1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total6,497
 • Density12/sq mi (4.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.waynecountyia.com

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6,497,[1] making it the sixth-least populous county in Iowa. The county seat is Corydon.[2]

History[edit]

Wayne County was formed in 1846 but was still attached to other counties for governmental purposes. It was named after General Anthony Wayne.[3]

Its southern border with Missouri was uncertain until the states got a decision from the US Supreme Court in 1848 which held the 1816 Sullivan line (re-marked in 1850), originally run as the northern boundary of an Osage Indian cession. This line is not a true east–west line so the county does not have an exactly rectangular shape.

There had been settlement in this county as early as 1841 by persons thinking they were in Missouri,[4] but the first settlers intending to be in Iowa came about 1848. Its government was organized and the county seat selected in 1851.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,360 km2), of which 525 square miles (1,360 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850340
18606,4091,785.0%
187011,28776.1%
188016,12742.9%
189015,670−2.8%
190017,49111.6%
191016,184−7.5%
192015,378−5.0%
193013,787−10.3%
194013,308−3.5%
195011,737−11.8%
19609,800−16.5%
19708,405−14.2%
19808,199−2.5%
19907,067−13.8%
20006,730−4.8%
20106,403−4.9%
20206,4971.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2018[10]
Population of Wayne County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 6,497 in the county, with a population density of 12.3729/sq mi (4.7772/km2). 97.38% of the population reported being of one race. 95.43% were non-Hispanic White, 0.15% were Black, 0.94% were Hispanic, 0.26% were Native American, 0.38% were Asian, 0.03% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 2.80% were some other race or more than one race. There were 3,025 housing units, of which 2,585 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 6,403 in the county, with a population density of 12.1823/sq mi (4.7036/km2). There were 3,212 housing units, of which 2,652 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Wayne County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 6,730 people, 2,821 households, and 1,918 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km2). There were 3,357 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.78% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,821 households, out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.90% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 23.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,380, and the median income for a family was $35,534. Males had a median income of $26,018 versus $18,310 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,613. About 10.80% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Wayne County.[1]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Corydon City 1,526
2 Seymour City 634
3 Humeston City 465
4 Allerton City 430
5 Lineville City 195
6 Promise City City 88
7 Clio City 67
8 Millerton City 36

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Wayne County, Iowa[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,338 75.20% 727 23.38% 44 1.42%
2016 2,069 70.37% 719 24.46% 152 5.17%
2012 1,583 54.59% 1,251 43.14% 66 2.28%
2008 1,565 52.50% 1,357 45.52% 59 1.98%
2004 1,733 55.31% 1,379 44.02% 21 0.67%
2000 1,666 55.15% 1,300 43.03% 55 1.82%
1996 1,295 39.64% 1,650 50.51% 322 9.86%
1992 1,299 36.24% 1,632 45.54% 653 18.22%
1988 1,467 42.19% 1,988 57.18% 22 0.63%
1984 2,061 51.26% 1,927 47.92% 33 0.82%
1980 2,221 54.12% 1,627 39.64% 256 6.24%
1976 1,781 44.58% 2,145 53.69% 69 1.73%
1972 2,681 62.00% 1,574 36.40% 69 1.60%
1968 2,553 55.83% 1,723 37.68% 297 6.49%
1964 1,994 39.39% 3,062 60.49% 6 0.12%
1960 3,401 59.51% 2,307 40.37% 7 0.12%
1956 3,340 56.64% 2,553 43.29% 4 0.07%
1952 3,995 61.23% 2,497 38.27% 33 0.51%
1948 2,738 44.72% 3,314 54.12% 71 1.16%
1944 3,098 50.31% 3,025 49.12% 35 0.57%
1940 3,748 50.64% 3,625 48.98% 28 0.38%
1936 3,609 48.43% 3,778 50.70% 65 0.87%
1932 2,311 36.52% 3,896 61.57% 121 1.91%
1928 3,911 59.46% 2,579 39.21% 88 1.34%
1924 3,322 49.97% 1,826 27.47% 1,500 22.56%
1920 4,234 62.51% 2,434 35.94% 105 1.55%
1916 1,936 48.68% 1,935 48.65% 106 2.67%
1912 1,193 31.64% 1,581 41.93% 997 26.44%
1908 2,092 52.09% 1,756 43.73% 168 4.18%
1904 2,290 56.11% 1,452 35.58% 339 8.31%
1900 2,294 51.78% 2,001 45.17% 135 3.05%
1896 2,101 48.93% 2,115 49.25% 78 1.82%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Wayne County
  4. ^ Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa, 1886
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 7, 2011.[dead link]
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 28, 2018.

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Coordinates: 40°44′17″N 93°19′36″W / 40.73806°N 93.32667°W / 40.73806; -93.32667