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Rusk County, Texas

Rusk County is a county located in the U.S. State of Texas. As of 2000, the population is 47,372. Its county seat is Henderson6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,431 km² (939 mi²). 2,392 km² (924 mi²) of it is land and 39 km² (15 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.61% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 47,372 people, 17,364 households, and 12,727 families residing in the county. The population density is 20/km² (51/mi²). There are 19,867 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (22/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 74.89% White, 19.21% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.22% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 8.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 17,364 households out of which 32.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% are married couples living together, 11.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% are non-families. 24.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the county, the population is spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 104.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $32,898, and the median income for a family is $39,185. Males have a median income of $30,956 versus $19,749 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,674. 14.60% of the population and 10.90% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 20.80% are under the age of 18 and 13.00% are 65 or older.

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