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Rusk County, Texas
Rusk County Courthouse, Henderson, TX IMG 2967
Rusk County Courthouse in Henderson, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Rusk County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of USA TX
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Seat Henderson
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

939 sq mi (2,432 km²)
924 sq mi (2,393 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 1.61%
 - (2010)
 - Density

52/sq mi (20/km²)
Rusk County Library in Henderson, TX IMG 2964

Rusk County Library in downtown Henderson

Rusk County, TX, Assessor's Office IMG 2968

Rusk County Assessor's Office in Henderson

Rusk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. Originally a part of Nacogdoches County, Rusk was established as its own county by the Congress of the Republic of Texas on January 16, 1843. In 2000, its population was 47,372. Its seat is Henderson[1] and it is part of the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Longview–Marshall Combined Statistical Area. Rusk County is named for Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a secretary of war of the Republic of Texas.

Rusk County is one of twenty-five entirely dry counties in the State of Texas.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 939 square miles (2,431 km²), of which 924 square miles (2,392 km²) is land and 15 square miles (39 km²) (1.61%) is water.

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Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 8,148
1860 15,803 93.9%
1870 16,916 7.0%
1880 18,986 12.2%
1890 18,559 −2.2%
1900 26,099 40.6%
1910 26,946 3.2%
1920 31,689 17.6%
1930 32,484 2.5%
1940 51,023 57.1%
1950 42,348 −17.0%
1960 36,421 −14.0%
1970 34,102 −6.4%
1980 41,382 21.3%
1990 43,735 5.7%
2000 47,372 8.3%
2010 53,330 12.6%
U.S. Census Bureau[3] Texas Almanac[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 47,372 people, 17,364 households, and 12,727 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 19,867 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.89% White, 19.21% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.22% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 8.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,364 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,898, and the median income for a family was $39,185. Males had a median income of $30,956 versus $19,749 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,674. About 10.90% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.80% of those under age 18 and 13.00% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated communitiesEdit


The following school districts serve Rusk County:

Rusk County's first officially authorized school was the Rusk County Academy.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "TABC map of wet/dry counties as of June 2011". Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  3. ^
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  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Rusk County Academy." Handbook of Texas. Retrieved on October 6, 2010.

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Coordinates: 32°07′N 94°46′W / 32.11, -94.76

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