Rusk County, Wisconsin

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Rusk County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 15,347. Its county seat is Ladysmith.[1] Founded in 1901, Rusk County was originally named "Gates" County. It was formed out of the northern portion of Chippewa County.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 931 square miles (2,411 km²), of which 913 square miles (2,365 km²) is land and 18 square miles (46 km²) (1.91%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census[2] 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.

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