Waynesboro, Tennessee

Waynesboro, Tennessee

Wayne County Courthouse
Motto: Progressing toward our future, through an understanding of our past[1]

Location of Waynesboro, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°19′14″N 87°45′25″W / 35.32056°N 87.75694°W / 35.32056; -87.75694Coordinates: 35°19′14″N 87°45′25″W / 35.32056°N 87.75694°W / 35.32056; -87.75694
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Wayne
Established 1821[2]
Incorporated 1850[3]
Named for General Anthony Wayne[4]
  Total 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
  Land 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 748 ft (228 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 2,449
  Density 904.2/sq mi (349.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38485
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-78600[5]
GNIS feature ID 1326575[6]
Website www.cityofwaynesboro.org

Waynesboro is a city in and the county seat of Wayne County, Tennessee, United States.[7] The population was 2,449 at the 2010 census, up from 2,228 in 2000.[8]


Waynesboro was founded in 1821 as a county seat for the newly-created Wayne County. The city initially consisted of a 40-acre (16 ha) plot that included the courthouse and jail. A school, Ashland Academy, was established in 1843.[9] The city incorporated in 1850.[3]


Waynesboro is located at 35°19′14″N 87°45′25″W / 35.32056°N 87.75694°W / 35.32056; -87.75694 (35.320546, -87.756984).[10] The city is concentrated around the junction of State Route 13 and U.S. Route 64, 105 miles (169 km) south of Nashville, and 135 miles (217 km) east Memphis. State Route 99, which intersects US 64 in eastern Waynesboro, connects the city with Hohenwald to the northeast. The Natchez Trace Parkway intersects US 64 a few miles east of Waynesboro.

Waynesboro lies along the banks of the Green River, which slices a narrow valley oriented north-to-south en route to its mouth along the Buffalo River to the north. Hurricane Creek, which approaches from the southeast, empties into the Green River just north of the city. Much of the forest northwest of Waynesboro is part of the Eagle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20152,390[11]−2.4%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,228 people, 954 households, and 601 families residing in the city. The population density was 904.2 people per square mile (349.7/km²). There were 1,071 housing units at an average density of 434.7 per square mile (168.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.04% White, 1.39% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

Buildings along the courthouse square

There were 954 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,196, and the median income for a family was $33,917. Males had a median income of $27,263 versus $17,379 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,037. About 14.0% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people


Radio stations




  1. Waynesboro official website. Retrieved: 1 March 2013.
  2. Bob Rains, "Wayne County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 1 March 2013.
  3. 1 2 Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  4. Nancy Capace, Encyclopedia of Tennessee (North American Book Distributors, 2000), p. 229.
  5. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. 2010 U.S. Census, U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 9 November 2016.
  9. Austin Foster and Mel Foster, Counties of Tennessee (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009), p. 92.
  10. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  12. "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  13. "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  14. Radio and TV Search, FCC website. Accessed 9 November 2016.
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