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0.59% decline
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1.81% growth
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0.19% growth


The economy of Rusk County, WI employs 6,440 people. The economy of Rusk County, WI is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Manufacturing; and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction, which employ respectively 5.05; 2.44; and 1.52 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Rusk County, WI are Manufacturing (1,627), Retail trade (813), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (812), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,341), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($54,375), and Educational Services ($36,063).

Median household income in Rusk County, WI is $39,904. Males in Rusk County, WI have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,626. The income inequality of Rusk County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.417 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Rusk County, WI. In Rusk County, WI the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 55-64 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 70 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,689. Milwaukee County, WI has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Wisconsin.


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Rusk County, WI is home to a population of 14,272 people, from which 98.7% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Rusk County, WI is composed of 13,638 White residents (95.6%), 229 Hispanic residents (1.6%), 146 Two+ residents (1.02%), 141 Black residents (0.99%), and 59 Native residents (0.41%). The most common foreign languages in Rusk County, WI are Spanish (127 speakers), German (124 speakers), and Chinese (42 speakers), but compared to other places, Rusk County, WI has a relative high number of Other West Germanic (41 speakers), German (124 speakers), and Polish (22 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Northwest Wisconsin PUMA, WI awarded 2,570 degrees. The student population of Northwest Wisconsin PUMA, WI is skewed towards females, with 1,014 male students and 1,556 female students. Most students in Northwest Wisconsin PUMA, WI are White (2,321 and 90.3%), followed by American Indian (87 and 3.39%), Two or more races (49 and 1.91%), and Unknown (29 and 1.13%). The largest universities in Northwest Wisconsin PUMA, WI by number of graduates are Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (1,778 and 69.2%), University of Wisconsin-Superior (576 and 22.4%), and Northland College (155 and 6.03%). The most popular majors in Northwest Wisconsin PUMA, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (496 and 19.3%), Welding Technology (101 and 3.93%), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (92 and 3.58%). The median tuition costs in Northwest Wisconsin PUMA, WI are $31,980 for private four year colleges, and $6,535 and $14,108 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Rusk County, WI is $105,400, which is 0.51 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $105,200 to $105,400, a 0.19% increase. The homeownership rate of Rusk County, WI is 76.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Rusk County, WI have an average commute time of 20.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rusk County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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