Wayne County is the most populated county in Michigan and the 19th most populated in the United States, just behind Santa Clara County, California. Its county seat is Detroit which, with around 673,104 people, is also the most populated city in the county and in the state of Michigan. The bordering counties are Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Monroe.
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Wayne County’s population is 1.75 million as of 2017, which is significantly larger than the average population size of 10,000 people in the United States. The next most populous county in the state of Michigan is Oakland, which has over 1.2 million people and is the 33rd most populated county in the country.
If you’re looking for someone and only have a name and their general whereabouts, you can narrow your search by considering the demographic of the people in Wayne County.
In 2017, the median age of residents of Wayne County was 38, which is the same number as in 2016. There is a bit of a difference in median age of those living in the county who were born in the United States (37 years old) and those who were foreign-born (42 years old).
At 52%, there are slightly more women than men in the county, and only 40% of the population are married. On average, there are 2.5 people per household. If you’re searching for someone by name alone, consider they may have had a name change due to nuptials.
8.74% of Wayne County residents were born outside the country, which is up from 8.39% in 2016. However, this is still lower than the national average of 13.7%. The most common countries of origin outside of the United States are India (78,610 people), Mexico (76,973 people), and Iraq (56,485 people) and the ethnic group with the largest population is White Alone (869,000 people). In fact, there are 1.28 times more White Alone residents than any other race or ethnicity. The second and third most common ethnicities are Black/African American Alone (677,000 people) and Hispanic/Latino (104,000 people). 15% of the population speak a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.8%. The three most common foreign languages spoken are Arabic (5.66% or 92,813 speakers), Spanish (68,494 speakers), and Bengali (13,037 speakers).
The median property value in 2017 was $114,400, which is 0.526 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Nonetheless, the number is increasing. In 2016, the median property value was $105,300. The homeownership rate is 61.6%, which is slightly lower than the average of the United States as a whole. Fortunately, household income has been increasing. In 2016, the median income was $43,464 out of 684,000 households, and in 2017 it was up to $45,135.
The economy of Wayne County employs 737,000 people. The three largest industries are Manufacturing, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Retail Trade, and the highest paying industry is Utilities. To search for someone by their industry or occupation, utilize our yellow pages.
According to the 2010 census, Wayne County has a land area of 612.08 square miles as well as 61 square miles of water, mostly from the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. This amounts to roughly 2,974 people per square mile. Auto traffic crosses the eastern and southern boundary of the river and lake via the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge. Due to the southwestern course of the river, a small portion of Canada (Essex County in Ontario) lies to the south of Wayne County. The southern communities are referred to “Downriver” due to the downstream location of downtown Detroit. Grosse Ile is the largest island in Wayne County and is connected to the mainland by the Wayne County Bridge and the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge. Detroit’s myriad of grid-patterned suburbs spread mainly west of town, with the northern half consisting of relatively new and prosperous neighborhoods. The county is included in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Unfortunately, Wayne County is higher than the national average for property crimes. On a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime), it rates 38.9, and the United States as a whole is 35.4. Property crime includes theft, burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. It’s worth noting however that property crime means there is no physical violence against the victim, i.e. these crimes are based on the owner being absent or asleep. In regards to violent crimes, Wayne County also comes in above the national average (it rates 27.3 and the United States is 22.7). If you have specific concerns about someone, run a background check to find out if they have a criminal record.
Official Name: Wayne County
Name Meaning: Wayne County is one of several counties in the United States named after Revolutionary War-era general Anthony Wayne.
Year Formed: Wayne County was founded in 1796 and then organized in 1815. It’s Michigan’s only original charter county.
Total Sq Miles: 612.08