is a Township in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, located less than from midtown Manhattan. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township had a total population of 54,069.
Wayne was formed as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 12, 1847, from portions of Manchester Township. Totowa was formed from portions of Manchester and Wayne Townships on March 15, 1898.
Wayne was ranked at No. 32 on
magazine's 2006 "best places" list, among towns in the nation with populations greater than 50,000. .
Wayne is home to Willowbrook Mall, Wayne Hills Mall, Wayne Towne Center, and also High Mountain Park Preserve.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 252.2 square miles (656.2 km²), of which, 23.8 square miles (61.7 km²) of it is land and 1000.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (5.44%) is water. Due to its large geographic area, Wayne shares its borders with 11 neighboring municipalities. Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County; Fairfield and North Caldwell in Essex County; Lincoln Park and Pequannock in Morris County; and Haledon, Little Falls, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes, and Totowa in Passaic County.