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Location of Waynesboro in Wayne County, Tennessee.
|Named for||General Anthony Wayne|
|• Total||4.28 sq mi (11.10 km2)|
|• Land||4.28 sq mi (11.10 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||748 ft (228 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||564.66/sq mi (218.01/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1326575|
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. The city incorporated in 1850.
Waynesboro 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.
As of the census 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.
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.
- Tennier Industries
- Tennessee Container Services
- Lincoln Brass
- Waynesboro Elementary School
- Waynesboro Middle School
- Wayne County High School
- Wayne County Technology Center
- Hollis Academy
- Clay Allison, Old West gun fighter
- Mark Collie, country music singer
- Greg Seitz, director of athletics, Jacksonville State University
- Jimmy Smith, American Idol (season 12) Semi-Finalist
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- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Waynesboro
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- Austin Foster and Mel Foster, Counties of Tennessee (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009), p. 92.
- "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
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- Radio and TV Search, FCC website. Accessed 9 November 2016.
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