Wayne County, Michigan

Wayne County, Michigan

Infobox U.S. County
county = Wayne County
state = Michigan

map size = 225
founded = August 15,1796 [http://www.michiganhistorymagazine.com/date/august03/08_15_1796.html]
seat = Detroit | area_total_sq_mi= 672
area_total_km2= 1741
area_land_sq_mi = 614 | area_land_km2 =1591
area_water_sq_mi = 58
area_water_km2 = 150

area percentage = 8.64%
census yr = 2000
pop = 2061162
density_km2 = 1296
density_sq_mi = 3356
web = www.waynecounty.com

Wayne County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 2,061,162 with an estimated population of 1,985,101 as of July 1, 2007, making it the 13th most populous county in the United States. The county seat is DetroitGR|6, the largest city in Michigan.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 672 square miles (1,741 km²)—614 square miles (1,591 km²) of it is land and 58 square miles (150 km²) of it (8.64%) is water (including parts of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair).

Wayne County borders on Oakland County and Macomb County to the north, Washtenaw County to the west, and Monroe County to the south.

The eastern (and sometimes southern) boundary is a water boundary in the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair with Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Automotive traffic crosses this boundary at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge. Due to the change in direction of the river, this portion of Ontario actually lies south of Wayne County. Due to the direction ambiguity, the southern communities of the county are usually referred to as "Downriver".

Grosse Ile is the largest island in Wayne County and is connected to the mainland by the Wayne County Bridge.

Adjacent counties

*Washtenaw County (west)
*Monroe County (south)
*Macomb County (northeast)
*Oakland County (northwest)
*Essex County, Ontario (east, southeast)

National protected area

* Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (part)

Major roads


*Grosse Pointe Shores (most, with the remainder in Macomb County; residents voted to incorporate as a city in 2008)


Famous Residents:Mickey "Sneaky Pee" Goodwin, Former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Boxing Contender

Bibliography and Further Reading
* [http://www.clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Wayne.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Wayne County]

External links

* [http://www.waynecounty.com/ Wayne County Government]
* [http://www.geocities.com/histmich/index.html Wayne County Local History]

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