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Rusk, Texas
—  City  —
Motto: "The Heart of East Texas"
Location of Rusk, Texas
Coordinates: 31°47′54″N 95°9′0″W / 31.79833, -95.15Coordinates: 31°47′54″N 95°9′0″W / 31.79833, -95.15
Country United States
State Texas
County Cherokee
 • Total 6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)
 • Land 6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 518 ft (158 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,191
 • Density 745.4/sq mi (287.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75785
Area code(s) 430, 903
FIPS code 48-63848[1]
GNIS feature ID 1375860[2]
Website City of Rusk, Cherokee County, Texas

Rusk is a city in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,551 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cherokee County.[3]


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.[4] 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.


Rusk is located at 31°47′54″N 95°08′60″W / 31.798254, -95.149865.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.8 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.29%) is water.

Rusk is about 150 miles north of Houston, 125 miles southeast of Dallas, 40 miles south of Tyler, 40 miles north of Lufkin and 30 miles east of Palestine.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rusk has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 5,551 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 per square mile (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.

There were 1,306 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 39.3% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 154.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 168.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,370, and the median income for a family was $33,952. Males had a median income of $24,271 versus $22,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,688. About 16.2% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.4% of those under age 18 and 21.0% of those age 65 or over.

The presence of state prison units in the city considerably skews the demographics, as the two units house approximately 1,250 inmates at any time, making the actual population of the city closer to 3,835. This also affects all other demographic statistics such as ratio of males to females, the racial makeup of the city and the poverty rate.

Arts and culture[]

Rusk is home to the Texas State Railroad, which has a steam engine train. The Heritage Center of Cherokee County & Cherokee Civic Theater are located in Rusk.

Parks and recreation[]

Jim Hogg Park, Rusk State Park, and Gourmet Gardens are in Rusk. The longest footbridge in the nation (circa 1861) and the longest zip line in Texas are located in Rusk.[7]


The City of Rusk and surrounding rural areas are served by the Rusk Independent School District.


Postal service[]

The United States Postal Service operates the Rusk Post Office.[8]

Rusk State Hospital[]

The Texas Department of State Health Services operates the Rusk State Hospital in Rusk.[9] At that site, the Texas Prison System previously operated the Rusk Penitentiary.[10]

Notable people[]

Rusk has been home to three former governors, James Stephen Hogg, Thomas M. Campbell, and John B. Kendrick (Governor of Wyoming), Dr.Jim Swink, TCU All-American, drafted by Chicago Bears, Vietnam veteran, and orthopedic surgeon and Cody Glenn, NFL linebacker.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Profile for Rusk, Texas". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Rusk, Texas
  7. ^ "Rusk Chamber of Commerce". Rusk Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Post Office Location - RUSK." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on October 6, 2010.
  9. ^ "Rusk State Hospital." Texas Department of State Health Services. Retrieved on October 6, 2010.
  10. ^ "Rusk Penitentiary (1883–1917)." Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Retrieved on October 6, 2010.

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