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The 2000 Census showed that Rusk County had a population of 47,372 people. This represented 0.23% of the total population of Texas, making it the state's 59th most populous county (out of 254 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Rusk had a population of 49,180 people. This is an increase of 3.82% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201053,330+12.58%+8.44% since 2009
200949,180+3.82%+0.47% since 2008
200848,949+3.33%+1.03% since 2007
200748,450+2.28%+0.99% since 2006
200647,974+1.27%+0.65% since 2005
200547,666+0.62%+0.27% since 2004
200447,537+0.35%+0.5% since 2003
200347,302-0.15%-0.22% since 2002
200047,372The Last Census

Rusk County had 19,867 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Rusk County has a total area<3> of 938 square miles [2,431 km²]. Of this total, 923 square miles [2,391 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.61%) being water (15.07 square miles [39.03 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Rusk County had a population density of 51.3 people per square mile [19.8 people/km²], making it the state's 66th most densely populated county (out of 254 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Rusk County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Rusk and the state of Texas.

Click here for the Rusk County QuickFact (QF-48401).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Rusk County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Rusk County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CherokeeQF-48073   SW48,47346,6593.89%
GreggQF-48183   N119,637111,3797.41%
HarrisonQF-48203   NE64,79562,1104.32%
NacogdochesQF-48347   S64,11759,2038.3%
PanolaQF-48365   E23,31022,7562.43%
ShelbyQF-48419   SE26,81225,2246.3%
SmithQF-48423   NW204,665174,70617.15%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Rusk. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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