Census Numbers Show Wayne County’s Population in Decline

According to figures released last week from the 2020 U.S. Census Wayne County’s population has declined from 2010.

The local population is measured as 19,555 people which is a drop of 6% from the 2010 census numbers which saw Wayne County with a total population of 20,813.  In the local area, two other counties saw drops while two saw increases. Numbers were down in Clinton County by 9.9% and down in McCreary County by 7.7%. Population increases were recorded in Russell County by 2.4% and a 3.1% increase was counted in Pulaski County.

Population by Race/Ethnicity: Wayne County

2020 2010 Change
# % # %
Total 19,555 20,813 -6.0%
Race White 18,139 92.8% 19,805 95.2% -8.4%
Black 240 1.2% 316 1.5% -24.1%
American Indian 49 0.3% 41 0.2% 19.5%
Asian 62 0.3% 67 0.3% -7.5%
Pacific Islander 6 0.0% 8 0.0% -25.0%
Other 453 2.3% 334 1.6% 35.6%
Two or More 606 3.1% 242 1.2% 150.4%
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino 902 4.6% 601 2.9% 50.1%