Rusk, Texas

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Rusk is a city in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,085 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cherokee County[3].



Rusk is located at 31°47′54″N 95°09′00″W / 31.798254°N 95.149865°W / 31.798254; -95.149865.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.7 km2), of which, 6.8 square miles (17.7 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.29%) is water.

Rusk is about 90 miles (140 km) north of Huntsville.[5]


Rusk has been home to three former governors, James Stephen Hogg, Thomas M. Campbell, and John B. Kendrick (Governor of Wyoming).

The town was established by an act of the Texas legislature on April 11, 1846. It was named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.[6] By 1850, Rusk reportedly had 355 residents. A post office was authorized on March 8, 1847.

The City of Rusk is no longer dry; a beer and wine local option election passed on May 9, 2009.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,085 people, 1,306 households, and 867 families residing in the city. The population density was 745.4 people per square mile (287.9/km2). There were 1,539 housing units at an average density of 225.6/sq mi (87.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62.71% White, 30.01% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 5.15% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.92% of the population.

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