Population 2010

1,820,584

Population 2020

1,793,561

Registered Voters

874, 018

Republicans

264,553

Democrat

597,170

Minor Party

12,295

No Party

Municipalities

City Name Population 
Allen Park28,638 
Belleville3,991
Dearborn109,976
Dearborn Heights63,292
Detroit639, 111
Ecorse9,512
Garden City27,692
Gibraltar4,656
Grosse Pointe5,423
Grosse Pointe Farms9,479
Hamtramck28,433
Harper Woods15,492
Highland Park8,977
Lincoln Park38,144
Livonia95,535
Melvindale12,851
Northville5,790
Plymouth9,730
River Rouge7,224
Riverview12,486
Rockwood3,289
Romulus23,989
Southgate30,074
Taylor63,409
Trenton18,853
Wayne17,593
Westland84,094

Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer / Tax Collector

County Commission

School Board

At large Mr. J. Tommy Sanders III
District 1Mr. Don Christopher West
District 2 Mr. H. Len Henderson
District 3 Ms. Patricia A. Burden
District 4 Mrs. Jennifer S. Strickland
District 5 Craig Foucht
District 7 Mr. Wade Leatham

Brief Political History

Wayne County is Michigan's first "charter county", with a home rule charter setting up its structures within limits set in state law and constitution. Most Michigan county governments are structured according to state law, without a locally adopted charter. The city is governed pursuant to the Home Rule Charter of Wayne County, Michigan, and the Wayne County Code is the codification of Wayne County's local ordinances. Unless a violation of the code or other ordinance is specifically designated as a municipal civil infraction (or unless expressly otherwise required by applicable state or federal laws), the violation is a misdemeanor.

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records for all areas except Detroit, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. Most other local government functions – police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. – are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Wayne County has backed the Democratic Party candidate for president in every election from 1932 onward, often and more recently by wide margins. From 1896 to 1928, it had always voted Republican for president, or at least more Republican than Democratic. Its large population has helped swing the election to Democrats in many statewide elections since then, with candidates running up large margins here offsetting Republican majorities in most rural counties of Michigan. The last Republican candidate to carry Wayne County in a statewide election was Candice Miller when she won re-election to the Secretary of State office in 1998.

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