Ruskin is located in southern Hillsborough County The population was 17208 in 2010.
In 1925, Ruskin’s population was 200. It had six hotels, two sawmills, one turpentine still, a public library, the Ruskin Telephone Company, four groceries, one garage, a good driller, two restaurants, a dry goods dealer, a carpenter, and a number of fruit and truck growers.
The soil of Ruskin farms is especially adapted to growing tomatoes. Ruskin is favored with numerous artesian wells. As part of an attempt to attract visitors to Ruskin and to celebrate the area’s agricultural richness, the community instituted the annual springtime Ruskin Tomato Festival in 1935 where vegetables were displayed and the community’s most popular woman was voted as queen. The festival still takes place every year in May.
- Aaron Carter, singer
- Leslie Carter, singer
- Willa Ford, singer
- Addie Dickman Miller co-founder
- John Anglin, bank robber, escaped from Alcatraz in 1962. Born and raised in Ruskin.
- Clarence Anglin, bank robber, escaped from Alcatraz in 1962. Born and raised in Ruskin
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