Wayne County, West Virginia

Wayne County: County in West Virginia, United States

About

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,481 and a population density of 83 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 39,054 inhabitants. Its county seat is Wayne. The county was created 182 years ago in 1842.

Wayne County sits along West Virginia's western border, nestled between the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers. It was established in 1842 from part of Cabell County. The county was named for General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, a Revolutionary War hero.

Early settlement focused on agriculture and shipping along the Ohio River. The Norfolk and Western Railway later connected Wayne County to national markets and spurred coal mining and timber industries.

Major Towns and Features

Some of the notable cities and features of Wayne County include:

  • Huntington - The largest city, sharing the tri-state area with Ohio and Kentucky. Home of Marshall University.
  • Wayne - Historic county seat situated along the Twelvepole Creek.
  • Kenova - Charming small town famous as the childhood home of actor Don Knotts.
  • Beech Fork State Park - Popular state park with a lake, golf course, trails and recreation.

Things to See and Do

Top attractions and activities to enjoy in Wayne County:

  • Tour the stately Wayne County Courthouse, an outstanding example of Beaux-Arts architecture.
  • Explore the shops, restaurants, and heritage of historic downtown Wayne.
  • Ride ATVs and hike scenic trails in East Lynn Lake Wildlife Management Area.
  • Go boating, fishing, swimming, and camping at Beech Fork State Park.
  • Learn about regional history at the West Virginia State Museum in Huntington.

From the Ohio River Valley to the coal mine heritage, Wayne County offers beautiful scenery and historic small town charm.

Wayne County locator map
Location of Wayne County on West Virginia map.

Quick Facts about Wayne County

Population : 39,054 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : West Virginia (United States)
Different from : Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County, Wayne County
Area : 512 km2
Water as percent of area : 1.2%
Land as percent of area : 98.8%
Named for : Anthony Wayne
Capital : Wayne
Establishment : January 01, 1842
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 13:58:15 (2nd March 2024)
Density : 76 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -8.78% (2010-2020)
Joseph S. Miller House at Kenova image
Joseph S. Miller House at Kenova
Joseph S. Miller House at Kenova image

Geography

Wayne County is located at 38°8'45"N 82°25'37"W (38.1459500, -82.4269500). It has 7 neighbors: Boyd County, Lawrence County, Martin County, Lawrence County, Cabell County, Lincoln County and Mingo County.

Wayne County map

The largest city of Wayne County is Kenova with a population of 2,943. Other cities include, Ceredo population 1,246 and Fort Gay population 682. See all Wayne County cities & populated places.

Wayne County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Wayne County.

City Name Population Title
Kenova 2,943 City in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States
Wayne 1,559 Town in Wayne County, West Virginia
Ceredo 1,246 City in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States of America
Fort Gay 682 City in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States of America

Wayne County has 7 neighbours.

Demographics

According to census records, the population of Wayne County decreased by 8.78% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 42,481 - census
2011 42,194 -0.68% estimation process
2012 41,885 -0.74% estimation process
2013 41,840 -0.11% estimation process
2014 41,517 -0.78% estimation process
2015 41,211 -0.74% estimation process
2016 40,724 -1.2% estimation process
2017 40,215 -1.27% estimation process
2018 39,961 -0.64% estimation process
2019 39,402 -1.42% estimation process
2020 39,054 -0.89% estimation process

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People born in Wayne County (4)

People born in Wayne County, including politician Laban T. Moore, Ohio politician Carmi Thompson, judge Menis E. Ketchum, .

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