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Rusk County, Wisconsin (WI)


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County population in 2012: 14,316 (23% urban, 77% rural); it was 15,347 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,749
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,021
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,790
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,462 (it was 1,305 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

32%

Land area: 913 sq. mi.
Water area: 17.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 16 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Rusk County: 87.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (28.6%), Educational,health and social services (20.0%), Retail trade (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  45.0 years
Wisconsin median age:  38.0 years

Males: 7,371  (51.6%)
Females: 7,384  (48.4%)

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Rusk County,WI real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Rusk County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,783 ($31,344 in 1999)
This county:

$35783
Wisconsin:

$49993

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $376 (lower quartile is $288, upper quartile is $458)
This county:

$376
State:

$599


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $110,336 (it was $65,900 in 2000)
Rusk County:

$110,336
Wisconsin:

$170,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $73,633 - $174,936

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $145,556
Here:

$145,556
State:

$212,450

Townhouses or other attached units: $510,066
Here:

$510,066
State:

$187,116

In 2-unit structures: $132,179
Here:

$132,179
State:

$165,377

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $565,938
Here:

$565,938
State:

$176,160

Mobile homes: $82,810
Here:

$82,810
State:

$36,669

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $30,955
Here:

$30,955
State:

$116,376
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,043
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $311

Institutionalized population: 133

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,622 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,398 (1.5%)


Rusk County household income distribution in 2009 Rusk County home values distribution


Rusk County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.1%
(15.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.7% for Black residents, 29.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 68.8% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 24.2% for other race residents, 15.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 45 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 15 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

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

11.8%
Whole state:

8.7%

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

4.4%
Whole state:

3.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Rusk County is $401 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $644 a month.

Cities in this county include: Ladysmith, Flambeau, Thornapple, Bruce, Grant, Marshall, Atlanta, Stubbs, Willard, Dewey.

Rusk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: www.ruskcounty.org

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Rusk County: Dairy Center (A), Crane (B), Hills Turkey Farm (C), Camp Wahdoon (D), Plaza Cranberry Farms (E), Hatch Landing (F), Bear Lake (G), Two Bear Camp (H), Rusk Camp (I), Wilson Town Hall (J), Willard Townhall (K), Wilkinson Townhall (L), Washington Townhall (M), Thornapple Townhall (N), Stubbs Townhall (O), South Fork Townhall (P), Rusk Townhall (Q), Murry Townhall (R), Lawrence Townhall (S), Grow Townhall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Rusk County include: Mennonite Church (A), Exeland Church (B), Wayside Mission (C), South Lawrence Church (D), Assumption Church (E), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (F), Island Lake Church (G), National Church (H), Saint Marys Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Riverside Cemetery (1), Holy Trinity Cemetery (2), Woodlawn Cemetery (3), Swedish Cemetery (4), Blue Hills Cemetery (5), Apollonia Catholic Cemetery (6), Apollonia Protestant Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Muskrat Lake (A), North Cummings Lake (B), North Lake (C), Lake One (D), Park Lake (E), Perch Lake (F), Little Bowker Lake (G), Pickerel Lakes (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Becky Creek (A), Big Weirgor Creek (B), Rice Creek (C), Little Jump River (D), Nail Creek (E), Swift Creek (F), Mud Creek (G), Hemlock Creek (H), Hay Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Rusk County include: Blue Hills Felsenmeer State Natural Area (1), Devils Creek State Wildlife Management Area (2), Josie Creek County Park (3), Potato Creek State Wildlife Management Area (4), Silvernail State Wildlife Management Area (5), Washington Creek State Wildlife Management Area (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Barron County , Chippewa County , Price County , Sawyer County , Taylor County , Washburn County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 477
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 256 (43% naturalized citizens)

Rusk County:

1.7%
Whole state:

3.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 82.1%

Rusk County marital status for males
Rusk County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Rusk County with a mortgage: 1,379 (133 second mortgage, 103 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,113

Here:

55.3% with mortgage
State:

68.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.17%
Here48.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 7,393
Total congregations: 39

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaChristian Churches and Churches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents3,638 (49.2%)1,519 (20.5%)483 (6.5%)389 (5.3%)257 (3.5%)
Congregations8 (20.5%)4 (10.3%)2 (5.1%)5 (12.8%)3 (7.7%)
NameLutheran ChurchUnited Church of ChristNew Testament Association Independent Baptist Churches/Other Fundamental BaptistsMennonite; Other GroupsOther
Adherents226 (3.1%)214 (2.9%)139 (1.9%)133 (1.8%)395 (5.3%)
Congregations2 (5.1%)3 (7.7%)1 (2.6%)3 (7.7%)8 (20.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Rusk County - Ladysmith, Flambeau, Thornapple, Bruce, Grant

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This 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
This county:

6.93 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Rusk County:

8.32 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.3%
Wisconsin:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.2%
Wisconsin:

27.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Rusk County:

16.2%
State:

13.0%


Agriculture in Rusk County:

Average size of farms: 242 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $42,325
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $44.53
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.97%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 90.03%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $35,950
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 39.11%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $70,225
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.91%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.43
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 37.71%
Corn for grain: 11058 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 70 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 2709 harvested acres
Vegetables: 79 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 29 acres

Tornado activity:

Rusk County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Wisconsin state average. It is 1.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 42 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 9/2/2002, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 27 people and caused $25 million in damages.

Most recent 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

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Wood products (15%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Wood products (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Computer and electronic products (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Rusk County (%):





Rusk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,932 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 872 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 23 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 3 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 21 (0%)
  • Walked: 314 (5%)
  • Other means: 56 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 665 (10%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Rusk County, Wisconsin in 2000:

People in group quarters in Rusk County, Wisconsin in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $37,225.

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.
3.86% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($22,078 average AGI)
1.33% relocated from other states ($9,232 average AGI)
Rusk County:

1.33%
Wisconsin average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Sawyer County, WI  0.32% ($29,444)


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.
4.92% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($20,416 average AGI)
1.66% relocated to other states ($6,820 average AGI)
Rusk County:

1.66%
Wisconsin average:

2.21%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Sawyer County, WI  0.26% ($22,000)
to Dunn County, WI  0.24% ($15,429)
to St. Croix County, WI  0.19% ($34,182)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Births per 1000 population in Rusk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Rusk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Rusk County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,032 (2,641 aged, 391 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.55
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7863.040
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 798.740
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 40055

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 960.650
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1111.990

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 39.34
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 52.64

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6.58

Household type by relationship:

Households: 14,581

Size of family households: 2,144 2-persons, 743 3-persons, 600 4-persons, 313 5-persons, 130 6-persons, 83 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,883 1-person, 290 2-persons, 25 3-persons, 14 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 4 7-or-more-persons.

95.9% of residents of Rusk County speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (79% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 45% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (53% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 32% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $87,738,000 ($5744 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,584,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $40,422,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $15,349,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,730,000
Federal grants: $25,657,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,097,000 ($315,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,483,000 ($212,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $569,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,828,000
Federal Government insurance: $7,276,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 868
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 943
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +52
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -104
Here -7 per 1000 residents
State +3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Rusk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.69 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Rusk County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 20
  • 3 rooms: 173
  • 4 rooms: 709
  • 5 rooms: 1,255
  • 6 rooms: 1,048
  • 7 rooms: 768
  • 8 rooms: 459
  • 9+ rooms: 345
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 99
  • 3 rooms: 285
  • 4 rooms: 384
  • 5 rooms: 254
  • 6 rooms: 163
  • 7 rooms: 68
  • 8 rooms: 25
  • 9+ rooms: 21
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Rusk County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 201
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,311
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,197
  • 4 bedrooms: 832
  • 5+ bedrooms: 230
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 385
  • 2 bedrooms: 521
  • 3 bedrooms: 278
  • 4 bedrooms: 103
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Rusk County, Wisconsin in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 183
  • 1 vehicle: 1,284
  • 2 vehicles: 2,174
  • 3 vehicles: 812
  • 4 vehicles: 228
  • 5+ vehicles: 109
  • no vehicle: 178
  • 1 vehicle: 682
  • 2 vehicles: 326
  • 3 vehicles: 81
  • 4 vehicles: 27
  • 5+ vehicles: 11

65% of Rusk County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in Wisconsin.

Rusk County:

64.7%
State average:

57.2%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $46,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Rusk County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (39.4%)
  • Utility gas (26.2%)
  • Wood (19.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.1%)
  • Electricity (3.2%)
  • Utility gas (49.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.5%)
  • Electricity (12.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9.1%)
  • Wood (5.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.3%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 156
Here:

8.9%
Wisconsin:

16.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 36
Here:

3.2%
Wisconsin:

9.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 260
Here:

58.3%
Wisconsin:

18.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Rusk County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Rusk County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Rusk County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Rusk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Rusk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Rusk County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Rusk County, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John19277.0 years
Mary13682.1 years
Robert12971.9 years
William11475.1 years
Frank9379.0 years
Joseph9176.6 years
Helen8580.7 years
Anna8486.1 years
George8275.4 years
James7874.7 years
Most common last names in Rusk County, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson7176.1 years
Anderson4778.6 years
Nelson4780.4 years
Miller4176.5 years
Peterson3976.4 years
Smith3375.8 years
Olson2981.2 years
Martin2777.9 years
Hanson2570.3 years
Larson2472.4 years
Businesses in Rusk County, WI
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1RadioShack1
AmericInn2Subway2
Dairy Queen2Super 81
FedEx1True Value2
H&R Block1U-Haul2
La-Z-Boy1UPS2
MasterBrand Cabinets2Walmart1
McDonald's1
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