Introduction to Wayne, Michigan

Wayne, Michigan, in Wayne county, is 3 miles S of Westland, Michigan and 17 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. The city is located in the Detroit metropolitan area. Wayne has a population of 19,051.

Wayne History

The city of Wayne was first settled in by George M. Johnson in the 1820s. It was incorporated in 1869. The railroad line of the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad was extended through Wayne to the township of Plymouth in 1871. Wayne was named after General Anthony Wayne, the Revolutionary War hero.

Wayne and nearby Attractions

  • Wayne Historical Museum
  • Lower Huron Metropolitan Park
  • Fair Lane (Henry Ford estate)
  • Dearborn Historical Museum
  • Maybury State Park
  • Historic Fort Wayne

Things To Do In Wayne

The city of Wayne offers an aquatic area and ice skating rink, where skaters can enjoy their leisure. Wayne is also home to the State Wayne Theater. One can plan a day trip to the Wayne Historical Museum. Apart from these, the Recreational Department of the city organizes the annual Wheelfest celebration and summer concerts at the Goudy Park.

Wayne Transportation

The nearest major airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

Wayne Higher Education

Dorsey Business Schools and Annapolis Hospital School of Xray Technology are the local institutes that provide facilities for higher education. The other colleges and universities near the city are Madonna University, Schoolcraft College, the University of Michigan - Dearborn, Wayne State University and Henry Ford Community College.


Total Population 17,251
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,558
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 37.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,121
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,248


Median Family Income $47,963
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $684
Median House Value $64,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 12.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wayne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Westland, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48184
Phone Area Codes 734
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.281
Longitude -83.386

Wayne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Station MILAN 4 ESE
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Garden City 27,161 $60,063
Inkster 24,897 $36,613
Livonia 95,312 $84,375
Romulus 23,557 $49,338
Taylor 62,021 $48,464

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wayne Public Libraries

Wayne Public Library
3737 S. WAYNE RD.
Wayne, Michigan
(734) 721-7832
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Wayne Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(734) 467-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Wayne High Schools

Serves 1,991 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

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