Wayne County, Utah

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Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. It was formed from Piute County in 1892. The county gets its name from a man who served as delegate to the constitutional convention, in honor of his son who was dragged to death by a horse [1]. As of 2000 the population was 2,509, and by 2005 had been estimated to decrease to 2,450. Its county seat is Loa[2].



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,466 square miles (6,388 km²), of which 2,460 square miles (6,372 km²) is land and 6 square miles (16 km²) (0.25%) is water. The Green River, passing through the canyons of Canyonlands National Park, forms the eastern boundary. The San Rafael Desert occupies the center of the county. Thousand Lake Mountain and Boulder Mountain flank Rabbit Valley on the western end of the county, where beautiful forests contrast with the deserts to the east. The small population of the county is centered in Rabbit Valley, with one town of 200, Hanksville, located in Graves Valley North of the Henry Mountains. Wayne County is also home of Capitol Reef National Park.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,509 people, 890 households, and 669 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 people per square mile (0/km²). There were 1,329 housing units at an average density of 0 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.29% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.24% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 1.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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