Rusk County has a population of 15,678, with more than 6,000 households and 4,100 families. The county has a labor force of 7,728. Manufacturing accounts for nearly 30% of all employment, followed by education, health and social services (18.7%) and retail (10.3%). Of the county’s resident workforce, 72% work within the county.
A mix of forest, fields and wetlands covers Rusk County. About 173,000 acres are worked by 715 farms. The county is also home to nearly 80,000 acres of forests and more than 250 lakes, rivers, streams and flowages.
The county is known as one of northwest Wisconsin’s top areas for fishing, boating, snowmobiling, ATVing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and snowshoeing. Trout streams abound. Four large rivers provide some of the finest canoeing and kayaking in the Midwest.