The parish of Rushden covers an area of some 3777 acres,[old estimation] and falls within the administration of the [[East Northamptonshire District Council]]. The current population of Rushden is around 26000, [old estimation] Rushden lies in a small valley, with a stream or brook known as Sidney Brook flowing through the centre of the town. In recent years, this stream has been culverted to prevent flash flooding. From which ever way Rushden is approached, the streets and roads can be seen stretching out in the valley, with the spire of St Mary's church looming above the rooftops. Rushden's roots and prosperity have resulted from a number of industries, including lace making and farming, although the boot and shoe industry, and associated trades were responsible for the largest growth in the town. In the industry's heyday there were well over 100 boot and shoe factories in Rushden.
Today there is just a handful of these surviving. Some of the redundant factories have been converted into flats. Today, as with many towns in England, industry in the town is varied, and mostly situated in an out of town industrial estate. As with the industry, town centre shopping in Rushden has changed considerably recently although there are many excellent shops. Rushden has the oldest toy shop in the county. Rushden also has a museum situated in the old railway station which is run by the Rushden Historic Transport Society. The society often hold special events, including an annual 3-day historic transport cavalcade.
There is also a local heritage centre situated in part the former Council Offices in Newton Road. The Rushden and District History Society have a cabinet, and also host special displays from time to time. Exhibitions are changed every six weeks. The centre is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm, and on the second, third and fifth Saturdays of each month at the same times.
A new road has been built which by passes Rushden and Higham Ferrers, it starts on the A6 Bedford Road and finishes at Chowns Mill Roundabout Irthlingborough.