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Population in 2010: 525. Population change since 2000: +10.5%
Males: 271  (51.6%)
Females: 254  (48.4%)

Median resident age:  49.2 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 54728.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $35,756 (it was $29,904 in 2000)
Rusk:

$35,756
WI:

$51,059
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $21,703

Rusk town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $153,105 (it was $97,100 in 2000)
Rusk:

$153,105
WI:

$165,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $216,103; Detached houses: $233,727; Mobile homes: $117,538

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Rusk races chart
  • White alone - 513 (97.7%)
  • Hispanic - 7 (1.3%)
  • Two or more races - 2 (0.4%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.2%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.2%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.2%)

Races in Rusk detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Rusk: 177.8 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (34.9%), Polish (25.3%), Norwegian (14.1%), French (9.1%), Irish (9.1%), English (6.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 905 feet

Land area: 33.5 square miles.

Population density: 16 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Rusk:

  • High school or higher: 78.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.2%
  • Unemployed: 6.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rusk town:

  • Never married: 18.0%
  • Now married: 65.8%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

20 residents are foreign born (2.5% Europe, 1.7% Asia).

This town:  4.2%
Wisconsin:  4.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Rusk town:  1.2% ($1,173)
Wisconsin:  2.0% ($2,245)
Rusk satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Eau Claire, WI (36.1 miles , pop. 61,704).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (84.6 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (307.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Strickland, WI (2.4 miles ), Sampson, WI (2.5 miles ), Weyerhaeuser, WI (2.5 miles ), Dovre, WI (3.0 miles ), Stubbs, WI (3.0 miles ), Chetek, WI (3.0 miles ), New Auburn, WI (3.2 miles ), Prairie Lake, WI (3.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $65,000
  • 1998: 7 buildings, average cost: $96,000
  • 1999: 5 buildings, average cost: $69,200
  • 2000: 8 buildings, average cost: $68,800
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $150,000
  • 2002: 7 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2003: 7 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2004: 8 buildings, average cost: $129,600
  • 2005: 8 buildings, average cost: $138,100
  • 2006: 7 buildings, average cost: $149,000
  • 2007: 11 buildings, average cost: $152,800
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $161,100
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $161,100
  • 2010: 4 buildings, average cost: $160,200
  • 2011: 4 buildings, average cost: $160,200
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $160,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 45.34 N, Longitude: 91.47 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 715

Rusk household income distribution Rusk home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.9%
Wisconsin:

6.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (22%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Wood products (11%)
  • Truck transportation (8%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Health care (26%)
  • Food (14%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Computer and electronic products (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (20%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (10%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (14%)
  • Registered nurses (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)

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Tornado activity:

Rusk-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Wisconsin state average. It is 39% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/4/1958, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 22.2 miles away from the Rusk town center killed 21 people and injured 74 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 7/30/1977, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 12.8 miles away from the town center injured 20 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rusk County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Wind: 1, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rusk topographic map

Hospitals/medical centers near Rusk:

  • KNAPP HAVEN NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; CHETEK, WI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rusk:

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (about 38 miles; Eau Claire, WI; Full-time enrollment: 9,913)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College (about 38 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 3,059)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (about 40 miles; Menomonie, WI; FT enrollment: 7,101)
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (about 66 miles; River Falls, WI; FT enrollment: 5,911)
  • Century Community and Technical College (about 77 miles; White Bear Lake, MN; FT enrollment: 4,930)
  • Metropolitan State University (about 83 miles; Saint Paul, MN; FT enrollment: 2,673)
  • Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College (about 85 miles; Saint Paul, MN; FT enrollment: 2,404)

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Notable locations in Rusk: Camp Wahdoon (A), Bear Lake (B), Two Bear Camp (C), Rusk Townhall (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Muskrat Lake (A), North Cummings Lake (B), Lake One (C), Pine Lake (D), Potato Lake (E), Rock Lake (F), Rusk Lake (G), South Cummings Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: McDermott Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Rusk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Average household size:
This town:  2.4 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  68.4%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  7.0%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.9% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

11.5%
Whole state:

8.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

6.0%
Whole state:

3.7%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Rusk, WI

20 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010

Rusk compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (70%)
  • Wood (18%)
  • Electricity (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4%)
  • Utility gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Rusk town (based on Rusk County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.17%
Here48.2%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaChristian Churches and Churches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents49.2%20.5%6.5%5.3%3.5%
Congregations20.5%10.3%5.1%12.8%7.7%
NameLutheran ChurchUnited Church of ChristNew Testament Association Independent Baptist Churches/Other Fundamental BaptistsMennonite; Other GroupsOther
Adherents3.1%2.9%1.9%1.8%5.3%
Congregations5.1%7.7%2.6%7.7%20.5%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Rusk County:

4.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.69 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Rusk County:

6.93 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
This county:

8.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Rusk County:

8.3%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Rusk County:

29.2%
State:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.2%
State:

13.0%

5.19% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,311 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.19%
Wisconsin average:

6.06%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Barron County, WI  0.62% ($22,143 average AGI)
from Chippewa County, WI  0.60% ($21,412)
from Eau Claire County, WI  0.34% ($31,842)


6.58% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,236 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.58%
Wisconsin average:

6.22%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Chippewa County, WI  0.87% ($38,280 average AGI)
to Barron County, WI  0.84% ($22,167)
to Eau Claire County, WI  0.54% ($24,000)

Strongest AM radio stations in Rusk:

  • WAQE (1090 AM; daytime; 5 kW; RICE LAKE, WI; Owner: TKC, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WMEQ (880 AM; 10 kW; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WAYY (790 AM; 5 kW; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WEAQ (1150 AM; 5 kW; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WOGO (680 AM; 3 kW; HALLIE, WI; Owner: STEWARDS OF SOUND, INC.)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rusk:

  • WWIB (103.7 FM; HALLIE, WI; Owner: STEWARDS OF SOUND, INC.)
  • WATQ (106.7 FM; CHETEK, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMEQ-FM (92.1 FM; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WHWC (88.3 FM; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WDRK (99.9 FM; CORNELL, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WJMC-FM (96.1 FM; RICE LAKE, WI; Owner: TKC, INC.)
  • WKFX (97.7 FM; RICE LAKE, WI; Owner: TKC, INC.)
  • WAXX (104.5 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WQRB (95.1 FM; BLOOMER, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WAQE-FM (97.7 FM; BARRON, WI; Owner: TKC, INC.)
  • WJBL (93.1 FM; LADYSMITH, WI; Owner: FLAMBEAU BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Rusk:

  • WHWC-TV (Channel 28; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WEAU-TV (Channel 13; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: WEAU LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WQOW-TV (Channel 18; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: WXOW-WQOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W63AR (Channel 63; LADYSMITH, WI; Owner: HUBBARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEUX (Channel 48; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI; Owner: GRANT MEDIA INC.)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 3
Total length: 2 meters (7ft)
Total costs: $376,000
Total average daily traffic: 730
Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic: 730


FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • Rusk, Various Locations (Lat: 44.899417 Lon: -91.796278), Type: N/A, Structure height: 6.1 m, Call Sign: WPQX595
    Assigned Frequencies: 952.093 MHz, 928.093 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/08/2000, Expiration Date: 11/08/2010, Cancellation Date: 05/24/2002, Certifier: Colin Flannery
    Registrant: Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 2300 N Street, Nw, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20037-1128, Phone: (202) 783-4141, Fax: (202) 783-5851, Email:


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