Wayne County, West Virginia
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Location within the U.S. state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 18, 1842|
|Named for||Anthony Wayne|
|• Total||512 sq mi (1,330 km2)|
|• Land||506 sq mi (1,310 km2)|
|• Water||6.1 sq mi (16 km2) 1.2%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||83/sq mi (32/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Wayne County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,481. Its county seat is Wayne. The county was founded in 1842 and named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
Wayne County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.
There was no white settlement in the area that became Wayne County until after 1794, due to the constant threat of Indian attack. The area was made safe for white settlement in 1794 through the defeat of the Shawnee at the Battle of Fallen Timbers by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
When the first permanent European settlers came to Wayne County around the year 1800, the area was part of Kanawha County. Most of the original pioneer settlers were self-sufficient farmers. They raised their own food, sheep for wool clothing, and made their buildings, furnishings and tools out of the surrounding forest. A few trading posts provided the manufactured goods the pioneers could not make for themselves. Later, grist mills at Wayne, Dickson, south of East Lynn and at Lavalette ground their corn into meal and their wheat into flour.
On June 20, 1863, at the height of the Civil War, Wayne was one of fifty Virginia counties that were admitted to the Union as the state of West Virginia. Later that year, the counties were divided into civil townships, with the intention of encouraging local government. This proved impractical in the heavily rural state, and in 1872 the townships were converted into magisterial districts. Wayne County was divided into five districts: Butler, Ceredo, Grant, Lincoln, and Union. A sixth district, Stonewall, was formed from part of Grant District in 1878. In the 1920s, Westmoreland was created as the county's seventh magisterial district. Grant District was discontinued between 1960 and 1970, followed by Lincoln in the 1980s.
Rivers and lakes
- Interstate 64
- I-73 (future)
- I-74 (future)
- U.S. Route 52
- U.S. Route 60
- West Virginia Route 37
- West Virginia Route 152
- West Virginia Route 75
- Lawrence County, Ohio (north)
- Cabell County (northeast)
- Lincoln County (east)
- Mingo County (southeast)
- Martin County, Kentucky (south)
- Lawrence County, Kentucky (west)
- Boyd County, Kentucky (northwest)
Wayne County is one of three counties (along with Apache County, Arizona and Cook County, Illinois) to border two counties of the same name, neither of which are in the same state as the county itself (Lawrence County, Ohio and Lawrence County, Kentucky).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 42,903 people, 17,239 households, and 12,653 families living in the county. The population density was 85 people per square mile (33/km2). There were 19,107 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.79% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.23% Native Americans, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 17,239 households, out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.60% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.40% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,352, and the median income for a family was $32,458. Males had a median income of $31,554 versus $20,720 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,906. About 16.20% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 15.20% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 42,481 people, 17,347 households, and 12,128 families living in the county. The population density was 84.0 inhabitants per square mile (32.4/km2). There were 19,227 housing units at an average density of 38.0 per square mile (14.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.6% white, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 18.1% were Irish, 16.9% were English, 13.0% were American, and 11.8% were German.
Of the 17,347 households, 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.1% were non-families, and 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 41.3 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,079 and the median income for a family was $44,886. Males had a median income of $40,233 versus $25,765 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,410. About 16.4% of families and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2017 the largest self-identified ancestry groups in Wayne County were:
|Largest ancestries (2015)||Percent|
|French (except Basque)||1.0%|
Prior to 2000, Wayne County was strongly Democratic in presidential elections, with only four Republican candidates winning the county from 1872 to 1996, all as a part of a national landslide win for the party. Since 2000, the county has swung to becoming strongly Republican similar to the rest of West Virginia, so strongly that Donald Trump won the county in 2016 by a margin of over 50 percent.
- Norfolk Southern Railway's former N&W Kenova District
- CSX Transportation's former C&O Kanawha Sub
- Kanawha River Terminal Railroad
The public Tri-State Airport, the major airport serving the Huntington–Ashland area, is located in Wayne County south of Interstate 64. The airport is accessible from Interstate 64 via Exit 1. Commercial air service is provided by Allegiant Air and American Airlines.
- Michael W. Smith - Musician, pastor, actor.
- Don Robinson - Major League baseball pitcher.
- Jeff Baldwin - Major League baseball player.
- Brad D. Smith - President and CEO of Intuit, Inc.
- Bobby Joe Long- Serial Killer who raped and murdered 10 women in Tampa, Florida.
- Derrick Evans – was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who resigned after participating in an insurrection and coup attempt against the United States on January 6, 2021. He had the shortest tenure in West Virginia history only in office for 39 days.
- Buffalo Creek
- Cove Gap
- East Lynn
- Grandview Gardens
- Hidden Valley
- Mineral Springs
- Missouri Branch
- Oakview Heights
- Stiltner (defunct)
- Sweet Run
In popular culture
The following books take place in Wayne County:
- Last Train to Dunlow by Kay and Jack Dickinson. OCLC 66901525.
- On the Trail of the Powhatan Arrow by Kay and Jack Dickinson. ISBN 978-0-9774116-1-0.
- Discovering Lavalette by Gina Simmons. ISBN 978-1-4389-8707-1.
- Pioneers, Rebels and Wolves by Robert Thompson.
- Climbing Trout's Hill by Robert Thompson.
- East Lynn Booming by Robert Thompson. OCLC 363205071.
- Images Of East Lynn by Robert Thompson.
- Fear No Man by Robert Thompson.
- Aging Wonders by Robert Thompson.
- Few Among The Mountains by Robert Thompson.
- Crum by Lee Maynard
- "Protectors of the Ohio Valley by Matthew A. Perry ISBN 153292710X
- Beech Fork State Park
- East Lynn Lake
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Wayne County, West Virginia
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- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
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- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
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- "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
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- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved February 22, 2021.