Wayne County
The Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°39′N 75°19′W / 41.65°N 75.31°W / 41.65; -75.31
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedMarch 21, 1798
Named forAnthony Wayne
SeatHonesdale
Largest boroughHonesdale
Area
 • Total751 sq mi (1,950 km2)
 • Land726 sq mi (1,880 km2)
 • Water25 sq mi (60 km2)  3.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
51,276
 • Density71/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district8th
Websitewaynecountypa.gov

Wayne is a sixth-class county in Pennsylvania. The county's population was 52,822 at the time of the 2010 census.[1] The county seat is the Borough of Honesdale.[2] The county was formed from part of Northampton County on March 21, 1798,[3] and was named for the Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.[2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wayne County has a total area of 751 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 726 square miles (1,880 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (3.3%) is water.[4]

The terrain of the county is varied. In the wider northern half, the land is rugged along its border with New York State, while the southern portion tends to be swampier. Higher hills and mountains are predominantly found along the county's western edge, while lower ones are more common in the east, near the Delaware River. The middle section of Wayne County is a wide plain.

The highest elevation in the county, 2,659 ft (810 m), is the summit of Mount Ararat in Orson. Two other summits at the north end of the same ridge also exceed 2,640 ft (800 m) in elevation. The county's lowest point, at approximately 680 ft (210 m) above sea level, is along the Delaware, near Wayne County's border with Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Most of Wayne County is drained by the Delaware (which separates Pennsylvania from New York), with the exception of a few small areas in the western part of the county, which are drained by either the Starrucca Creek or the Lackawanna River (which both eventually flow into the Susquehanna River).

The county has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in Honesdale range from 22.8 °F in January to 67.9 °F in July. [1]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18002,562
18104,12561.0%
18204,1270.0%
18307,66385.7%
184011,84854.6%
185021,89084.8%
186032,23947.3%
187033,1882.9%
188033,5131.0%
189031,010−7.5%
190030,171−2.7%
191029,236−3.1%
192027,435−6.2%
193028,4203.6%
194029,9345.3%
195028,478−4.9%
196028,237−0.8%
197029,5814.8%
198035,23719.1%
199039,94413.4%
200047,72219.5%
201052,82210.7%
202051,155−3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2017[1] 2010-2020[9]

As of the Census of 2010, there were 52,822 people, 20,625 households, and 13,952 families in Wayne County. The county's population density was 72.797 people per square mile (28.107/km2), and there were 31,653 housing units at an average density of 43.623/sq mi (16.843/km2). The racial makeup of the populace was 94.2% White, 3.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.9% of other races, and 1.1% of two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of all races made up 3.4% of the population.[4][10]

67.6% of Wayne County's households were families, 53.9% were headed by a heterosexual married couple (Pennsylvania did not allow same-sex marriage until May 20, 2014, after the 2010 Census had been completed), and 26.6% included children under the age of 18. 9.2% of households were headed by a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% by a male householder with no wife present, and 32.4% consisted of non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% consisted of a person 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87.[10]

Wayne County's age distribution was 21.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% between the ages of 18 and 24, 23.1% between 25 and 44, 32.4% between 45 and 64, and 19.0% 65 years of age or older. The population's median age was 45.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 110 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112 males in the same age range.[10]

According to American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, the median income for a household in Wayne County in 2013 was $49,313, and the median income for a family was $58,934. Males had a median income of $36,173, while females had a median income of $23,636. The per capita income for the county was $24,005. 8.4% of families and 12.2% of people were below the Census Bureau's poverty thresholds (different from the federally defined poverty guidelines), including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.[11][12]

According to self-reported ancestry figures recorded by the ACS, the five largest ancestral groups in Wayne County in 2013 were Germans (30.3%), Irish (22.1%), Italians (13.9%), English (10.9%), and Poles (10.1%). Those reporting American ancestry made up 8.6% of the population.[13]

Politics

United States presidential election results for Wayne County, Pennsylvania[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 18,637 66.21% 9,191 32.65% 319 1.13%
2016 16,244 67.63% 7,008 29.18% 766 3.19%
2012 12,896 59.50% 8,396 38.74% 382 1.76%
2008 12,702 55.39% 9,892 43.14% 338 1.47%
2004 13,713 62.43% 8,060 36.69% 194 0.88%
2000 11,201 59.21% 6,904 36.50% 811 4.29%
1996 8,077 49.45% 5,928 36.29% 2,329 14.26%
1992 8,184 48.65% 4,817 28.64% 3,821 22.71%
1988 9,926 71.61% 3,775 27.23% 161 1.16%
1984 10,061 75.66% 3,155 23.73% 81 0.61%
1980 8,468 67.48% 3,375 26.90% 705 5.62%
1976 7,811 63.45% 4,244 34.48% 255 2.07%
1972 8,948 74.51% 2,733 22.76% 328 2.73%
1968 7,827 66.39% 3,176 26.94% 787 6.68%
1964 6,512 52.82% 5,781 46.89% 35 0.28%
1960 9,360 67.77% 4,425 32.04% 26 0.19%
1956 9,658 75.64% 3,092 24.22% 18 0.14%
1952 9,623 78.96% 2,530 20.76% 34 0.28%
1948 7,708 77.14% 2,284 22.86% 0 0.00%
1944 8,242 74.43% 2,793 25.22% 39 0.35%
1940 9,203 72.44% 3,460 27.24% 41 0.32%
1936 9,347 65.00% 4,864 33.82% 169 1.18%
1932 6,215 61.47% 3,666 36.26% 230 2.27%
1928 8,576 72.78% 3,148 26.72% 59 0.50%
1924 5,578 72.87% 1,477 19.29% 600 7.84%
1920 5,164 73.14% 1,589 22.51% 307 4.35%
1916 2,869 55.84% 2,019 39.30% 250 4.87%
1912 659 12.29% 1,924 35.90% 2,777 51.81%
1908 3,650 56.67% 2,438 37.85% 353 5.48%
1904 3,386 56.85% 2,097 35.21% 473 7.94%
1900 3,229 50.91% 2,647 41.74% 466 7.35%
1896 3,708 56.59% 2,473 37.74% 371 5.66%
1892 2,690 44.41% 2,915 48.13% 452 7.46%
1888 2,939 46.47% 3,010 47.60% 375 5.93%


As of October 28, 2016, there were 33,683 registered voters in Wayne County, with the following party breakdown:[15]

Wayne has long been one of the most Republican counties in Pennsylvania, as Republicans consistently win easily in federal, state and local elections. In 2000, Republican George W. Bush won 59.21 percent of the vote to Democrat Al Gore's 36.50 percent,[16] and in 2004, Bush won with 62.43 percent to Democrat John Kerry's 36.69 percent.[17] In 2008, Republican John McCain won with 55.39 percent of the vote to Democrat Barack Obama's 43.14 percent,[18] and in 2012, Republican Mitt Romney won with 59.50 percent to Obama's 38.74 percent.[19] In 2016, Republican Donald J. Trump won with 67.63 percent to Hillary Clinton's 29.18 percent.

Wayne County was one of the four counties that Barry Goldwater won in Pennsylvania in 1964;[20] the last Democrat to win a plurality in the county was Grover Cleveland in 1892.[21][22] Since then, only three Democrats have won even forty percent of the county's vote – William Jennings Bryan in 1900, Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and Obama in 2008.

Government and infrastructure

United States senators

United States representative

State representatives

State senator

County commissioners

Other county officers

Healthcare 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. The Farview State Hospital is located in Farview.

Emergency services

Paramedic services are provided by three different agencies:

BLS services are provided as dispatched through the Wayne County Communication Center. These agencies include:

Maplewood Fire and Rescue provides QRS "quick response service" to all medical calls in Lake townships. Hamlin Fire and has three BLS units Waymart EMS Damascus EMS Mt Pleastant EMS

Correctional facilities

The Federal Bureau of Prisons United States Penitentiary, Canaan is in Canaan Township, near Waymart.[38][39]

Education

Map of Wayne County's school districts.
Map of Wayne County's school districts.

Public school districts

Private schools

There are five private or parochial schools in Wayne County:

Libraries

The Wayne Library Alliance[45] operates seven public libraries throughout the county:

Communities

Map of Wayne County with municipalities and CDPs labeled.
Map of Wayne County with municipalities and CDPs labeled.

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: boroughs, cities, townships, and one town. Wayne County has only boroughs and townships. The latter type is classified based on population by the state government; all of its townships are second-class. A complete list of the county's municipalities follows:

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

In addition, Pennsylvania also has a few types of unincorporated communities, namely villages and private communities. Villages are unincorporated communities within a township, often defined by ZIP code boundaries, property deeds, and local consensus, but which have no official boundaries or population, unless they are also census-designated places (CDPs), geographical areas designated by the US Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. Regardless of whether or not they are CDPs, however, they are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Private communities are gated settlements usually governed by a community association, which also often defines the boundaries of the community and may keep track of the number of its members. However, like villages, private communities have no official boundaries or populations, unless they are CDPs, and are never Pennsylvanian jurisdictions. The following is an incomplete list by necessity, but more complete lists of Wayne County's villages and private communities may be found in the corresponding township entry.

Unincorporated communities

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Wayne County.[53]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Honesdale Borough 4,480
2 The Hideout CDP 3,013
3 Waymart Borough 1,341
4 Wallenpaupack Lake Estates CDP 1,279
5 Big Bass Lake (mostly in Lackawanna County) CDP 1,270
6 Hawley Borough 1,211
7 Pocono Springs CDP 926
8 Gouldsboro (partially in Monroe County) CDP 890
9 White Mills CDP 659
10 Prompton Borough 250
11 Bethany Borough 246
12 Starrucca Borough 173

See also

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Coordinates: 41°39′N 75°18′W / 41.650°N 75.300°W / 41.650; -75.300