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Wayne County, Nebraska


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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Nebraska state capital is Lincoln.
The population of Wayne is approximately 5,660 2010.
The approximate number of families is 1,963 2000, 1953 2010.
The amount of land area in Wayne is 5.7 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Wayne is 2.2 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Wayne to Washington DC is 1121 miles.
The distance to the Nebraska state capital is 99 miles. (as the crow flies)
Wayne is positioned 42.23 degrees north of the equator and 97.01 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Wayne elevation is 1,453 feet above sea level.
Wayne per capita income is $ 18,257 2009.
Wayne median income is $ 50,075 2009.
The Wayne median home price is $ 108,570 2009.
Wayne average annual rainfall is 26.22 inches per year
Wayne average annual snowfall is 33.7 inches per year.
Wayne average temperature is 34.6 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 34.6 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 59.1 degrees F.


in the northeastern portion of Nebraska about 45 miles southwest of Sioux City, Iowa. Other nearby communities include Wakefield, Winside, Carroll, Concord, Dixon, Laurel, Emerson and Allen.

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History & History Related Items

Wayne was first settled in 1869 when new residents moved to the area from Lee County, Illinois. Other groups soon followed. When the railroad moved a line through the county, the little village of Wayne sprang up in 1881. Once the railroad arrived, the area began to blossom. Wayne was first known as Brookdale - named by the railroad. But the residents wanted the same name as the county and it was settled! The name was in memory of General Anthony Wayne from the Revolutionary War. Wayne was incorporated as a village on 2 February 1884.

Many of the towns in the area wanted more opportunity for higher education and so founded colleges in their towns. Wayne was no exception and began with a Lutheran academy in 1887. The effort lasted only 2 years as it closed in 1889. Even so, interest was still there and other learning opportunities began to exist, such as a library and schools. A hopital opened in 1935 with more industry coming to Wayne as the years went by.

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Wayne Chicken Show
Held each July in Wayne

Wayne State College Planetarium
on the Campus of Wayne State College in the basement of the Carhart Science Building.

Wayne County Museum
in the Rollie Ley Mansion
Phone: 402-375-3075

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park - a National Natural Landmark

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Economy & Industry

Wayne Area Economic Development
P.O. Box 275
108 W. 3rd St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-2240
Toll-free: 877 929-6363
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Wayne City Government

City of Wayne
306 Pearl St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-1733

Wayne is the county seat of Wayne County.

Wayne Chamber

Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development
P.O. Box 275
108 W. 3rd St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-2240
Toll-free: 877 929-6363

Wayne Organizations

Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development
P.O. Box 275
108 W. 3rd St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-2240
Toll-free: 877 929-6363

Wayne Libraries

Wayne Public Library
410 Pearl St.
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-3135

Wayne Schools

Wayne Community Schools

Wayne State College
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787
Toll-free: 1-800-228-9972
Phone: 402-375-7239 Wayne


The population of Wayne was:
1889 - 1,130
1970 - 5,379
1980 - 5,240
1990 - 5,142
2000 - 5,583
2010 - 5,660

Median age:
2000 - 23 years

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 1,830
2000 - 1,963

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 27,730
2009 - $ 50.075

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 13,984
2009 - $ 18,257

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 80,800
2009 - $ 108,570

Wayne is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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