Rusk, Rusk County, Wisconsin

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Rusk, Wisconsin
Location of Rusk, Rusk County, Wisconsin
Location of Rusk, Rusk County, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°20′12″N 91°27′59″W / 45.33667°N 91.46639°W / 45.33667; -91.46639Coordinates: 45°20′12″N 91°27′59″W / 45.33667°N 91.46639°W / 45.33667; -91.46639
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Rusk
 • Total 35.9 sq mi (92.9 km2)
 • Land 33.5 sq mi (86.8 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6.1 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,286 ft (392 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 475
 • Density 14.2/sq mi (5.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-70275[2]
GNIS feature ID 1584079[1]

Rusk is a town in Rusk County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 475 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Bear Lake is located in the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.9 square miles (92.9 km²), of which, 33.5 square miles (86.8 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²) of it (6.53%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 475 people, 204 households, and 150 families residing in the town. The population density was 14.2 people per square mile (5.5/km²). There were 435 housing units at an average density of 13.0 per square mile (5.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.95% White, 0.21% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 204 households out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the town, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 111.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,904, and the median income for a family was $33,000. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $25,221 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,117. About 7.8% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.