Rusk, Wisconsin

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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 2013: $36,216 (it was $29,904 in 2000)
Rusk:

$36,216
WI:

$51,467

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $21,692 (it was $16,117 in 2000)

Rusk town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $153,503 (it was $97,100 in 2000)
Rusk:

$153,503
WI:

$163,000
  • Races in Rusk, WI (2010)

    Rusk races chart
    • 51397.7%White alone
    • 71.3%Hispanic
    • 20.4%Two or more races
    • 10.2%Black alone
    • 10.2%Asian alone
    • 10.2%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Rusk: 95.1 (less than average, 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).

Rusk,WI real estate house value index trend

Rusk, Wisconsin map

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 June 2014:
Here:

7.5%
Wisconsin:

6.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
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%)

Work and jobs in Rusk: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Rusk, Wisconsin

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Rusk-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Wisconsin state average. It is 7% smaller 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.

Earthquake activity:

Rusk-area historical earthquake activity is below Wisconsin state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 222.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 235.1 miles away from Rusk center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 297.5 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 397.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 263.2 miles away from Rusk center
On 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 173.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

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: 6, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Winds: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rusk topographic map

Hospitals and 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:

  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (about 36 miles; Shell Lake, WI; Full-time enrollment: 2,414)
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (about 38 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 10,143)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College (about 38 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 4,038)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (about 39 miles; Menomonie, WI; FT enrollment: 8,120)
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (about 66 miles; River Falls, WI; FT enrollment: 5,868)
  • Century College (about 77 miles; White Bear Lake, MN; FT enrollment: 7,393)
  • Metropolitan State University (about 83 miles; Saint Paul, MN; FT enrollment: 6,159)

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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%
20 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010

Rusk compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage 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.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below 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.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.4
Wisconsin average:

11.0

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

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,2568
Evangelical Protestant2,19022
Mainline Protestant2,05913
Other11
None7,249-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Rusk County:

4.16 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

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

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

8.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.3%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Rusk County:

29.2%
Wisconsin:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.2%
State:

13.0%

4.82% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,695 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.82%
Wisconsin average:

5.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Chippewa County, WI  0.68% ($35,842 average AGI)
from Barron County, WI  0.63% ($24,543)
from Eau Claire County, WI  0.38% ($25,095)


5.19% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,746 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.19%
Wisconsin average:

5.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Eau Claire County, WI  0.78% ($27,295 average AGI)
to Barron County, WI  0.59% ($27,061)
to Chippewa County, WI  0.59% ($27,273)

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
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 2m7ftTotal length
  • $376,000Total costs
  • 730Total average daily traffic
  • 730Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic

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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