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Rusk County, Wisconsin

Rusk County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Rusk County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1901
Named for Jeremiah McLain Rusk
Seat Ladysmith
Largest city Ladysmith
 • Total 931 sq mi (2,411 km2)
 • Land 914 sq mi (2,367 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (44 km2), 1.9%
 • (2010) 14,755
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.ruskcountywww

Rusk County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,755.[1] Its county seat is Ladysmith.[2]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Villages 4.2
    • Towns 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
    • Ghost towns 4.5
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Founded in 1901, Rusk County was originally named Gates County after Milwaukee land speculator James L. Gates.[3] It was renamed Rusk County in 1905 after Jeremiah M. Rusk, governor of Wisconsin and the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.[4] It was formed out of the northern portion of Chippewa County.[5]


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.[6]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Rusk County

As of the census[12] 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.





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)

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 135. 
  4. ^ "Here's How Iron Got Its Name". The Rhinelander Daily News. June 16, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2014 – via  
  5. ^ Rusk County Museum
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Rusk County
  • Wisconsin DOT map of Rusk County
  • A set of old plat maps from 1915-1920

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