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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

52,833
– 0.9
938.4
924.0
250–710
49.36
34.9
92.7
22,112
4.7
$136,815,980
$35,532
$5,299,303,660
$339,335,344

map of Rusk County
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Physical Features: East Texas county on Sabine-Angelina divide; varied deep, sandy soils; over half in pines, hardwoods; Martin Creek Lake, Lake Cherokee, Lake Striker.

Economy: Oil and gas, lignite mining, electricity generation, agriculture.

History: Caddo area. Cherokees settled in the 1820s; removed in 1839. First Anglo-Americans arrived in 1829. Antebellum slaveholding area. County named for Republic, state leader Thomas J. Rusk; created and organized from Nacogdoches County in 1843.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 64.2; Black, 17.2; Hispanic, 16.7; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 1.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 576; deaths, 544; marriages, 335; divorces, 216.

Recreation: Water sports, state park, historic homes and sites, scenic drives, site of East Texas Field discovery oil well; Henderson syrup festival in November.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas, lignite.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, forage, poultry, nursery plants. Market value $75.3 million. Timber income substantial.

HENDERSON (13,857) county seat; power plant, mining, lumber, state jails; hospital, museum.

Other towns include: Joinerville (140); Laird Hill (300); Laneville (169); Minden (150); Mount Enterprise (446); New London (995) site of 1937 school explosion that killed 293 students and faculty; Overton (2,537, partly in Smith County) oil, lumbering center, petroleum processing, prison, A&M research center, blue-grass music festival in July; Price (275); Tatum (1,411, partly in Panola County); Turnertown-Selman City (271).

Also, part of Easton (747, mostly in Gregg County), part of Reklaw (385, mostly in Cherokee County), and part [3,013] of Kilgore (14,673 total).

a plant nursery near Price

A plant nursery near Price. Photo by Robert Plocheck.