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Rusk County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Rusk County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1901
Seat Ladysmith
Largest City Ladysmith
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

931 sq mi (2,411 km²)
914 sq mi (2,367 km²)
17 sq mi (44 km²), 1.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

14,755
16/sq mi (6/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.ruskcounty.org
Named for: Jeremiah McLain Rusk

Rusk County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,755. Its county seat is Ladysmith.

History

Founded in 1901, Rusk County was originally named Gates County after Milwaukee land speculator James L. Gates. It was renamed Rusk County in 1905 after Jeremiah M. Rusk, governor of Wisconsin and the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. It was formed out of the northern portion of Chippewa County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 931 square miles (2,410 km2), of which 914 square miles (2,370 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (1.9%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 8.svg U.S. Highway 8
  • WIS 27.svg Highway 27 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 40.svg Highway 40 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 73.svg Highway 73 (Wisconsin)

Airport

  • KRCX - Rusk County Airport serves the county and surrounding communities.

Demographics

USA Rusk County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Rusk County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,160
1920 16,403 47.0%
1930 16,081 −2.0%
1940 17,737 10.3%
1950 16,790 −5.3%
1960 14,794 −11.9%
1970 14,238 −3.8%
1980 15,589 9.5%
1990 15,079 −3.3%
2000 15,347 1.8%
2010 14,755 −3.9%
Est. 2015 14,124 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,347 people, 6,095 households, and 4,156 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 7,609 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.7% were of German, 13.6% Polish, 9.0% Norwegian, 6.8% Irish, 6.2% American and 5.6% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,095 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.

Communities

City

Villages

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

  • Atlanta
  • Big Bend
  • Crane
  • Egypt
  • Flambeau
  • Horseman (Varner)
  • Jerome
  • Kalish
  • Mandowish (Manedowish)
  • Poplar / Beldonville
  • Pre Bram
  • Shaws Farm
  • Teresita
  • Tibbets
  • Vallee View / Walrath
  • West Ingram
  • Wilson Center / Dogville (Starez)

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