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Wayne County, North Carolina

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Wayne County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 113,329. Its county seat is Goldsboro6.

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History

The county was formed in 1779 from the western part of Dobbs County. It was named for "Mad Anthony" Wayne, a general in the American Revolutionary War.

In 1855 parts of Wayne County, Edgecombe County, Johnston County, and Nash County were combined to form Wilson County.

Law and government

Wayne County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,442 km² (557 mi²). 1,431 km² (553 mi²) of it is land and 11 km² (4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.74% water.

Townships

The county is divided into twelve townships: Brogden, Buck Swamp, Fork, Goldsboro, Grantham, Great Swamp, Indian Springs, Nahunta, New Hope, Pikeville, Saulston, and Stoney Creek.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 113,329 people, 42,612 households, and 30,254 families residing in the county. The population density is 79/km² (205/mi²). There are 47,313 housing units at an average density of 33/km² (86/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 61.28% White, 33.02% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.07% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 4.94% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 42,612 households out of which 34.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.60% are married couples living together, 15.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% are non-families. 24.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 3.03.

In the county the population is spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $33,942, and the median income for a family is $40,492. Males have a median income of $28,396 versus $21,854 for females. The per capita income for the county is $17,010. 13.80% of the population and 10.20% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.60% of those under the age of 18 and 15.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns

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See also: List of North Carolina counties


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