Wayne, West Virginia

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Wayne is a town in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,105 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wayne County.[3] Wayne is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.

Wayne was established in 1842, by the same act of the Virginia General Assembly that created Wayne County. The county was named for General "Mad Anthony" Wayne. The town was initially known by the name "Trout's Hill," after Abraham Trout, who donated the land upon which the county's courthouse was built. The Wayne Courthouse Post Office was established in 1842 also. The town was known simultaneously as Trout's Hill and Wayne Courthouse for many years. The town was incorporated in 1882 as Fairview, but was still commonly known as Wayne Courthouse. The population in 1882 was 157. In 1891, the Norfolk & Western Railroad was constructed up Twelve Pole Creek. The railroad placed the name "Wayne" on its schedule and the name caught on. The name was officially changed to Wayne in 1911.[4]


Wayne is located at 38°13′42″N 82°26′26″W / 38.22833°N 82.44056°W / 38.22833; -82.44056 (38.228417, -82.440577),[5] along Twelvepole Creek,[6] at an elevation of 707 feet (215 m).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 km² (0.6 mi²), all land.it was founded in 1789


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,105 people, 486 households, and 322 families residing in the town. The population density was 656.4/km² (1,698.1/mi²). There were 561 housing units at an average density of 333.2/km² (862.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.01% White, 0.09% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 486 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.77.

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