Rusk County, Wisconsin

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Rusk County, Wisconsin
Ladysmith Carnegie Library.jpg
Former Ladysmith Carnegie Library, designed by Claude and Starck. Now a bed and breakfast.
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Rusk County
Location in the U.S. 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
Area
 • Total 931 sq mi (2,411 km2)
 • Land 914 sq mi (2,367 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (44 km2), 1.9%
Population
 • (2010) 14,755
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.ruskcounty.org

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[edit]

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]

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Demographics[edit]

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. 2016 14,127 [7] −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2014[1]

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.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

  • 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)

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.4% 4,564 30.6% 2,171 5.0% 353
2012 51.1% 3,676 47.2% 3,397 1.6% 118
2008 44.7% 3,253 53.0% 3,855 2.3% 164
2004 50.3% 3,985 48.2% 3,820 1.5% 122
2000 51.0% 3,758 42.9% 3,161 6.1% 447
1996 33.4% 2,219 44.3% 2,941 22.3% 1,483
1992 30.5% 2,430 42.4% 3,376 27.1% 2,161
1988 43.7% 3,063 55.5% 3,888 0.8% 53
1984 50.9% 4,061 48.2% 3,843 0.9% 75
1980 47.5% 3,704 46.0% 3,584 6.5% 507
1976 39.2% 2,724 58.2% 4,050 2.6% 183
1972 47.9% 3,007 49.0% 3,075 3.1% 197
1968 44.7% 2,666 42.9% 2,559 12.3% 734
1964 34.6% 2,214 65.2% 4,176 0.2% 15
1960 45.5% 3,094 54.3% 3,692 0.3% 17
1956 53.7% 3,433 45.8% 2,929 0.5% 33
1952 59.4% 4,134 39.9% 2,777 0.8% 53
1948 42.0% 2,623 54.5% 3,401 3.5% 215
1944 48.4% 3,092 50.7% 3,238 0.9% 58
1940 48.7% 3,484 50.0% 3,578 1.4% 98
1936 36.2% 2,453 57.2% 3,877 6.6% 450
1932 35.9% 1,942 59.0% 3,194 5.1% 274
1928 63.6% 3,524 34.8% 1,925 1.6% 90
1924 39.1% 1,932 5.5% 272 55.4% 2,736
1920 77.6% 2,609 13.1% 441 9.3% 312
1916 47.6% 989 44.6% 926 7.8% 163
1912 33.8% 575 30.7% 522 35.5% 605
1908 67.8% 1,431 25.2% 532 7.0% 147
1904 81.5% 1,415 14.2% 247 4.3% 74

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Rusk County Museum
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  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". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 45°29′N 91°08′W / 45.48°N 91.14°W / 45.48; -91.14