Wayne, Nebraska

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Wayne, Nebraska

Introduction to Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne, Nebraska, in Wayne county, is 36 miles SW of Sioux City, Iowa and 87 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska. The city has a population of 5,583.

Wayne History

A group of people from Lee County were among the first settlers of Wayne. They had arrived here in 1869 and were joined by another group in 1870. With an extension of a railroad line, the prairie village of Wayne was formally established in the year 1881. Railroad officials originally named the area "Brookdale," but it later changed to "Wayne" in memory of General Anthony Wayne.

Wayne and nearby Attractions

  • Swedish Heritage Center
  • John G. Neihardt Center
  • Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center
  • Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
  • Willow Creek State Recreation Area
  • Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse Historic Site

Things To Do In Wayne

Sunnyview Park, Nebraska Street Park and Cunningham Field are popular local recreational spots. The city is also home to a number of churches, including the First Church of Christ, the Praise Assembly of God Church and the First Baptist Church.

Wayne Transportation

Wayne Municipal Airport is the nearest airport.

Wayne Higher Education

Wayne State College is the local institution of higher educational. Others in the neighborhood include the University of South Dakota, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Creighton University, Northeast Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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High Points

Wayne strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Nebraska):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Wayne College Educated Adults
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Wayne Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Wayne Walking and Biking to Work
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 11% Wayne Median Family Income
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Wayne Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Wayne, Nebraska

Comparing Wayne to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Nebraska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 5 2
Well-Paid Single Women 4 7
Racial Diversity 3 9
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Well-Paid Single Men 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 5
Portion of People Married 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 6 9
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
People Above Poverty 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 8
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 8 8
Public Transportation Use 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 5
People Living Alone 6 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 1
Housing Recently Built 4 7

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Wayne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles SW of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 68787
Phone Area Codes 402
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.23
Longitude -97.017

Wayne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WAYNE
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 28.6 inches
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 88 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 28.8 inches
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Wayne Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,583 100%
Male 2,575 46.1%
Female 3,008 53.9%
Under 18 877 15.7%
18+ 4,706 84.3%
65+ 748 13.4%
Median Age 22.9
Average Family Size 2.9
White 5,379 96.3%
African-American 89 1.6%
Asian 19 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.4%
Other 24 0.4%
Mixed Race 51 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 79 1.4%

Estimated Wayne Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,163
Growth -420
Growth % -7.5%

Wayne Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 52.9%
Irish 7.5%
Norwegian 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.6%
Swedish 4%
English 3.9%
Czech 3.8%
US/American 3.2%
Danish 3.2%
Polish 2.1%
Italian 1.5%
Dutch 1.3%
Czechoslovakian 1.1%
Austrian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
European 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Welsh 0.6%
Scottish 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wayne 5,583 $51,033
Carroll 238 $39,375
Concord 160 $39,286
Dixon 108 $35,625
Laurel 986 $35,662
Wakefield 1,411 $41,429
Winside 468 $36,875

Wayne Public Libraries

Wayne Public Library
Wayne, Nebraska
(402) 375-3135

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Wayne Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(402) 375-3800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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