Waynesville is a city in and the county seat of Pulaski County, Missouri, United States. Its population was 4,830 at the 2010 census. Located in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, it was one of the communities served by historic Route 66.
Waynesville is located on Roubidoux Creek, approximately two miles south of the Gasconade River. The northern boundary of Fort Leonard Wood lies about two miles to the south. The Roubidoux Spring, 15th largest in the state, is located in the city limits.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.45 square miles (16.71 km), of which 6.42 square miles (16.63 km) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,830 people, 1,894 households, and 1,252 families residing in the city. The population density was 752.3 inhabitants per square mile (290.5/km). There were 2,088 housing units at an average density of 325.2 per square mile (125.6/km). The racial makeup of the city was 73.6% White, 12.4% African American, 1.1% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.1% of the population.
There were 1,894 households of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.
The median age in the city was 32.6 years. 28% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.6% were from 25 to 44; 21.2% were from 45 to 64; and 11.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.
At the 2000 census, there were 3,507 people, 1,428 households and 922 families residing in the city. The population density was 563.3 per square mile (217.3/km²). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 255.6 per square mile (98.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.70% White, 10.98% African American, 0.94% Native American, 2.88% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 3.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.11% of the population.
There were 1,428 households of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.93.
27.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median household income was $41,250 and the median family income was $46,205. Males had a median income of $31,435 versus $23,640 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,117. About 9.5% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.
Waynesville Missouri neighborhoods include: Broadway, Buckhorn, Ravenwood, Spencer Road, Stoney Gap, Summit, Taylor Hills, Wildwind