Rusk County (Texas)

The Rusk County is a county located in the state of Texas in the United States. The seat of the county government ( county seat ) is located in Henderson. The county is one of the Dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.


The County is located north-east of the geographic center of Texas, about 30 km from the border of Arkansas and has an area of ​​2431 square kilometers, of which 39 square kilometers are water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Gregg County, Harrison County, Panola County, Shelby County, Nacogdoches County, Cherokee County and Smith County.


Rusk County was formed in 1843 from parts of Nacogdoches County. It was named for Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a general during the Texas Revolution, statesman of the Republic of Texas and Senator in the U.S. Senate.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2000 lived in Rusk County 47 372 people in 17,364 households and 12,727 families. The population density was 20 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 74.89 percent White, 19.21 percent Black or African American, 0.35 percent Native American, 0.24 percent Asian, 0.01 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander and 4.22 percent from other races groups; 1.09 percent were descended from two or more races. 8.44 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 17,364 households out of which 32.5 per cent of children or young people who lived with them. 58.2 percent were married couples living together, 11.2 percent were single mothers and 26.7 percent were non-families. 24.2 percent of all households and 12.9 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.05.

24.9 percent of the population was under 18 years old, 8.3 percent between 18 to 24, 27.8 percent between 25 and 44, 23.3 percent between 45 and 64 and 15.6 percent were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104 males and 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 103.1 males.

The median income for a household was $ 32,898, and the median income for a family was $ 39,185. Males have a median income of $ 30,956, women $ 19,749. The per capita income was $ 16,674. 10.9 percent of families and 14.6 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Places in County

  • Anadarko
  • Chapman
  • Church Hill
  • Craig
  • Crimcrest
  • Dirgin
  • Friar
  • Lint
  • Goodsprings
  • Harmony
  • Henderson
  • Jacobs
  • Joinerville
  • Laird Hill
  • Lake Cherokee
  • Lanesville
  • Leveretts Chapel
  • McKnight
  • Minden
  • Mount Enterprise
  • New London
  • New Salem
  • Old London
  • Overton
  • Pinehill
  • Pirtle
  • Pitner Junction
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Pone
  • Price
  • Selman City
  • Sexton City
  • Stewart
  • Tatum
  • Turner Town
  • Wright City