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Ruston, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Ruston had a population of 22,281 as of July 1, 2017. Ruston ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ruston is located at latitude 32.533 and longitude -92.6353 in Lincoln Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Ruston (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.92 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Lincoln Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 335 feet.

The City of Ruston (GNIS ID: 2404660) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Ruston is located within Parish Governing Authority District 8, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lincoln Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ruston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Ruston, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 22,281
Daytime Population: Workers 15,784
Daytime Population: Residents 12,808
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 28,592
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.28
Population in Households 19,793
Population in Familes 12,632
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,488
Population Density2 1,065
Diversity Index3 58


Median Household Income $28,906
Average Household Income $52,540
Per Capita Income $20,960


Total Housing Units 9,528 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,253 (34.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,586 (58.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 688 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $160,051
Average Home Value $190,552


Total Households 8,840
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 4,337
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.26% 0.31%
Households 0.34% 0.4%
Families 0.11% 0.09%
Median Household Income   2.62%
Per Capita Income   2.53%

Ruston, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ruston to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 19 96th
Population Density # 142 70th
Diversity Index # 61 87th
Median Household Income # 404 15th
Per Capita Income # 275 42nd

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