Ruston, Louisiana

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Population in 2017: 22,234 (96% urban, 4% rural).
Population change since 2000: +8.2%
 
Males: 10,915  (49.1%)
Females: 11,319  (50.9%)
Median resident age:

24.1 years
Louisiana median age:

36.8 years

Zip codes: 71272.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $27,079 (it was $23,001 in 2000)
Ruston:

$27,079
LA:

$46,145

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $16,574 (it was $14,573 in 2000)

Ruston city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $180,036 (it was $79,900 in 2000)
Ruston:

$180,036
LA:

$162,500

Median gross rent in 2017: $690.

March 2019 cost of living index in Ruston: 85.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 43.4%
(32.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 52.8% for Black residents, 50.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 36.0% for American Indian residents, 57.7% for other race residents, 52.4% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Ruston, LA (2017)
    • 10,73448.2%Black alone
    • 10,15945.7%White alone
    • 6372.9%Asian alone
    • 3811.7%Two or more races
    • 3171.4%Hispanic
    • 360.2%American Indian alone

Races in Ruston detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Louisiana and other state lists, there were 76 registered sex offenders living in Ruston, Louisiana as of May 30, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Ruston is 295 to 1.


Crime rates in Ruston by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

2013

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.7)
1
(4.7)
0
(0.0)
2
(9.1)
1
(4.6)
1
(4.5)
2
(8.9)
1
(4.5)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(9.7)
2
(10.2)
0
(0.0)
14
(66.5)
7
(33.0)
7
(32.7)
5
(22.7)
3
(13.7)
5
(22.3)
1
(4.5)
3
(13.4)
7
(31.4)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
22
(106.3)
29
(148.0)
26
(126.6)
36
(171.0)
21
(99.1)
20
(93.5)
26
(117.9)
20
(91.0)
21
(93.8)
21
(93.7)
7
(31.2)
8
(35.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
88
(425.1)
94
(479.9)
74
(360.4)
107
(508.2)
78
(368.3)
84
(392.7)
73
(331.1)
66
(300.4)
71
(317.2)
88
(392.6)
112
(499.2)
67
(300.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
133
(642.5)
159
(811.7)
211
(1,028)
289
(1,373)
325
(1,534)
368
(1,720)
200
(907.2)
189
(860.3)
142
(634.3)
112
(499.6)
152
(677.4)
131
(588.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
815
(3,937)
544
(2,777)
598
(2,913)
806
(3,828)
688
(3,248)
620
(2,898)
654
(2,967)
596
(2,713)
575
(2,569)
491
(2,190)
555
(2,473)
489
(2,195)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
56
(270.5)
20
(102.1)
14
(68.2)
40
(190.0)
21
(99.1)
25
(116.9)
15
(68.0)
13
(59.2)
7
(31.3)
19
(84.8)
13
(57.9)
8
(35.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.7)
1
(4.7)
1
(4.7)
0
(0.0)
2
(9.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)348.7324.6304.0480.0384.5378.5325.5280.9268.0257.4279.8227.9

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City-data.com crime index in Ruston, LA

Crime rate in Ruston detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 49 (36 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.62
Louisiana average:

3.01
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Ancestries: American (5.1%), German (4.3%), English (4.0%), Irish (3.2%), Scotch-Irish (1.8%), French (1.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1885

Elevation: 319 feet

Land area: 18.1 square miles.

Population density: 1,230 people per square mile   (low).

Ruston, Louisiana map

1,180 residents are foreign born (2.0% Asia, 2.0% Latin America, 0.6% Africa).

This city:

5.3%
Louisiana:

4.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $847 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,050 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Monroe, LA (31.8 miles , pop. 53,107).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Shreveport, LA (66.1 miles , pop. 200,145).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (242.2 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Grambling, LA (2.1 miles ),
Vienna, LA (2.3 miles ),
Choudrant, LA (2.7 miles ),
Simsboro, LA (2.9 miles ),
Dubach, LA (3.4 miles ),
Quitman, LA (3.7 miles),
Downsville, LA (3.8 miles),
Eros, LA (4.0 miles )

Latitude: 32.53 N, Longitude: 92.64 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,602 (+25.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 7,368 (73.9%)

Area code: 318

Distribution of median household income in Ruston, LA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Ruston, LA in 2017
Ruston satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 41 buildings, average cost: $119,600
  • 1998: 32 buildings, average cost: $128,600
  • 1999: 36 buildings, average cost: $116,700
  • 2000: 105 buildings, average cost: $69,300
  • 2001: 48 buildings, average cost: $131,900
  • 2002: 53 buildings, average cost: $155,000
  • 2003: 68 buildings, average cost: $112,200
  • 2004: 119 buildings, average cost: $84,400
  • 2005: 102 buildings, average cost: $118,700
  • 2006: 91 buildings, average cost: $143,800
  • 2007: 73 buildings, average cost: $121,200
  • 2008: 45 buildings, average cost: $189,900
  • 2009: 25 buildings, average cost: $173,700
  • 2010: 24 buildings, average cost: $186,000
  • 2011: 18 buildings, average cost: $198,500
  • 2012: 23 buildings, average cost: $238,500
  • 2013: 25 buildings, average cost: $282,700
  • 2014: 26 buildings, average cost: $224,900
  • 2015: 64 buildings, average cost: $1,016,400
  • 2016: 109 buildings, average cost: $74,300
  • 2017: 24 buildings, average cost: $192,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Ruston, LA residents
Average permit cost in Ruston, LA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.2%
Louisiana:

3.8%
Historical population in Ruston, LA
Historical housing units in Ruston, LA
Most common industries in Ruston, LA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (24.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.4%)
  • Health care (8.7%)
  • Construction (4.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (19.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.8%)
  • Construction (7.7%)
  • Health care (5.2%)
  • Wood products (3.9%)
  • Public administration (3.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (29.1%)
  • Health care (12.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.0%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (3.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.4%)
Most common occupations in Ruston, LA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (6.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.8%)
  • Cashiers (4.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (9.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.0%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.5%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.1%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.8%)
  • Cashiers (5.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (3.9%)

Average climate in Ruston, Louisiana

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Tornado activity:

Ruston-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Louisiana state average. It is 89% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/1/1983, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 37.1 miles away from the Ruston city center killed 2 people and injured 20 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 11/3/1992, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 15.4 miles away from the city center caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Ruston-area historical earthquake activity is above Louisiana state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 184.3 miles away from Ruston center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 186.8 miles away from Ruston center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 252.5 miles away from Ruston center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 356.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 321.9 miles away from Ruston center
On 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 246.4 miles away from Ruston center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lincoln Parish (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 5, Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Freezes: 2, Ice Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Tornado: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Ruston topographic map

Hospitals in Ruston:

  • AGAPE HOSPICE CARE OF RUSTON, LLC (902 SOUTH VIENNA)
  • ALLEGIANCE HEALTH CENTER OF RUSTON, LLC (provides emergency services, 1401 EZELL STREET)
  • CAMPBELL STREET HOME (1406 CAMPBELL STREET)
  • HEALTH PARADIGM HOSPITAL (provides emergency services, 146 SHAMAN ROAD)
  • HOSPICE OF LINCOLN GENERAL (919 N TRENTON STREET)
  • LILINDA STREET HOME (2600 S VIENNA)
  • MAPLE STREET HOME (225 MAPLE STREET)
  • NORTHERN LOUISIANA MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, 401 EAST VAUGHN AVENUE)
  • RUSTON DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER (2776 HWY 150)
  • TRACE DRIVE HOME (150 TRACE DRIVE)

Airports located in Ruston:

Colleges/Universities in Ruston:

  • Louisiana Tech University (Full-time enrollment: 5,874; Location: 305 Wisteria; Public; Website: www.latech.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • Pat Goins Ruston Beauty School (Full-time enrollment: 40; Location: 213 W Alabama Ave; Private, for-profit; Website: www.patgoins.edu)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Ruston:

  • Grambling State University (about 5 miles; Grambling, LA; Full-time enrollment: 4,885)
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe (about 34 miles; Monroe, LA; FT enrollment: 6,764)
  • Louisiana Delta Community College (about 36 miles; Monroe, LA; FT enrollment: 3,168)
  • Bossier Parish Community College (about 59 miles; Bossier City, LA; FT enrollment: 6,209)
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana (about 61 miles; Natchitoches, LA; FT enrollment: 7,700)
  • Louisiana State University-Shreveport (about 63 miles; Shreveport, LA; FT enrollment: 3,159)
  • Southern Arkansas University Main Campus (about 63 miles; Magnolia, AR; FT enrollment: 3,005)

Public high schools in Ruston:

Private high schools in Ruston:

  • CEDAR CREEK SCHOOL (Students: 617, Location: 2400 CEDAR CREEK DR, Grades: PK-12)
  • BETHEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 139, Location: 2901 WINONA DR, Grades: PK-12)
  • NEW LIVING WORD SCHOOL (Students: 122, Location: 1900 W BARNETT SPRINGS RD, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Ruston:

Private elementary/middle school in Ruston:

  • WILDFLOWER MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 82, Location: 700 WOODWARD AVE, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Ruston

Library in Ruston:

  • LINCOLN PARISH LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,902,077; Location: 910 NORTH TRENTON STREET; 112,559 books; 5,658 audio materials; 14,844 video materials; 3 local licensed databases; 60 state licensed databases; 270 print serial subscriptions; 3 electronic serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • The Lincoln Parish Library is now located at 910 N. Trenton in Ruston. We relocated last summer to the location that you have featured in the photograph. I am an employee of the Library.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Ruston: Hoogland's Plant Farm (A), Chamber of Commerce Industrial Park (B), Ruston Country Club (C), Ruston Fire Department (D), Twin Oaks Nursery (E), Lincoln Parish Courthouse (F), Lincoln Parish Library (G), Louisiana Methodist Childrens Home (H), Ruston City Hall (I), Prescott Memorial Library (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: North Park Mall Shopping Center (1), Village Plaza Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Ruston include: Barnet Springs Baptist Church (A), Bethel Baptist Church (B), Calvary Baptist Church (C), Central Community Church of God (D), Church of the Nazarene (E), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (F), Cypress Springs Missionary Baptist Church (G), Ebenezer Church of God in Christ (H), Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Mount Olive Cemetery (1), Riser Cemetery (2), Greenwood Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Ruston: Memorial Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Lincoln Parish - Museum (609 North Vienna Street), Bayou Gaming Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 502 East California Avenue), Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Commission (104 East Mississippi Avenue).

Hotels: Comfort Inn Ruston (1951 North Service Road East), Days Inn (1801 North Service Road East), Holiday Inn (Interstate 20), Econo Lodge Ruston (1301 Goodwin Rd), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (1825 Roberta Avenue), Ramada Inn Ruston LA (401 North Service Road), Best Western Kings Inn (1105 North Trenton), Best Western-King'S Inn Motel (1111 North Trenton Street), Hampton Inn Ruston (1315 North Trenton).

Court: Lincoln Parish - Clerk of Court (100 West Texas Avenue).

Birthplace of: Jeff Mangum - Musician and artist, Leon Barmore - Basketball coache, Bert Jones - Football player, Charles C. Barham - Politician, George B. Holstead - Politician, Kenny Wright - 2005 NFL player (Jacksonville Jaguars, born: Sep 14, 1977), Kyle Williams (defensive tackle) - Football player, Mike Green - 2005 NFL player (Chicago Bears, born: Dec 6, 1976), Patrick Ramsey - 2005 NFL player (Washington Redskins, born: Feb 14, 1979), Paul M. Davis, Jr. - Louisiana physician.

Lincoln Parish has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Ruston and their reported violations in the past:

GREATER WARD 1 WATERWORKS DISTRICT (Population served: 3,333, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-24-2014), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-24-2014), St Public Notif received (APR-09-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2006 and DEC-2006, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2006 and DEC-2006, Contaminant: TTHM
LINCOLN PARISH WATERWORKS DISTRICT #3 (Population served: 2,310, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-01-2012), St Public Notif requested (MAR-01-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-01-2012), St Public Notif requested (MAR-01-2012)
HILLY-GREENWOOD WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 1,200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
LINCOLN PARISH WATERWORKS DISTRICT #2 (Population served: 660, Purch groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Louisiana:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

49.9%
Whole state:

67.1%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.5%
Whole state:

6.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Ruston in 2010:

  • 2,075 people in college/university student housing
  • 148 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 106 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 24 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 24 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Ruston in 2000:

  • 2,466 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 76 people in nursing homes
  • 75 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 66 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 47 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 45 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 29 people in institutions for the blind
  • 26 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 26 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 10 people in other group homes
  • 8 people in homes for the physically handicapped

Banks with branches in Ruston (2011 data):

  • Community Trust Bank: Vienna Street Banking Center, Ruston Financial Center, University Banking Center, Northside Banking Center, Depot Banking Center. Info updated 2011/10/14: Bank assets: $2,472.6 mil, Deposits: $1,908.3 mil, headquarters in Choudrant, LA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 32 total offices, Holding Company: Community Trust Financial Corporation
  • First National Bank: 33 Branch, Messenger Servic, Ruston Toma Lodge Branch, Ruston Downtown Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $190.3 mil, Deposits: $163.7 mil, headquarters in Arcadia, LA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: First North Louisiana Bancshares, Inc.
  • Iberiabank: Ruston Branch at 400 North Vienna Street, branch established on 1983/09/01; North Trenton Branch at 1327 North Trenton Street, branch established on 1976/04/05. Info updated 2011/06/08: Bank assets: $11,676.7 mil, Deposits: $9,387.9 mil, headquarters in Lafayette, LA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 187 total offices, Holding Company: Iberiabank Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: I-20 Branch at 117 N I-20 Service Road East, branch established on 1979/11/23; Ruston Main Branch at 400 North Trenton Street, branch established on 1890/07/07. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • Bank of Ruston: Bank Of Ruston at 505 North Vienna Street, branch established on 1905/01/01; 2109 Farmerville Highway Branch at 2109 Farmerville Highway, branch established on 2009/02/16. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $107.4 mil, Deposits: $86.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 2 total offices
  • BancorpSouth Bank: North Trenton Street Branch at 300 North Trenton Street, branch established on 2001/02/06. Info updated 2007/07/18: Bank assets: $12,990.3 mil, Deposits: $10,863.8 mil, headquarters in Tupelo, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 271 total offices, Holding Company: Bancorpsouth, Inc.
  • Regions Bank: North Trenton Branch at 300 North Trenton, branch established on 1901/01/01. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • Woodforest National Bank: Ruston Branch at 1201 N. Service Road East, branch established on 2008/10/25. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)

For population 15 years and over in Ruston:

Marital status in Ruston, LA
  • Never married: 63.4%
  • Now married: 25.4%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 4.2%
  • Divorced: 5.3%

For population 25 years and over in Ruston:

  • High school or higher: 88.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 42.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 19.3%
  • Unemployed: 10.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.0
Louisiana average:

11.7

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Ruston
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Ruston, LA (based on Lincoln Parish data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant14,68745
Mainline Protestant3,80714
Black Protestant2,76118
Catholic1,4272
Other7133
None23,340-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Lincoln Parish:

0.70 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

0.70 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.29 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 33
Lincoln Parish:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 25
Lincoln Parish:

5.87 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

5.92 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Lincoln Parish:

10.5%
Louisiana:

10.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Lincoln Parish:

30.3%
Louisiana:

29.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.6%
State:

13.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

50.7%
Louisiana:

49.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Ruston:

49.5%
Louisiana:

46.6%

Average BMI:
Ruston:

28.2
Louisiana:

29.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

18.2%
Louisiana:

20.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Ruston:

12.0%
Louisiana:

11.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Ruston:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

30.0%
Louisiana:

34.4%

General health condition:
This city:

58.0%
Louisiana:

55.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

82.0%
Louisiana:

80.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Ruston, LA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 53$215,297$48,7460$0
Firefighters 50$189,160$45,3980$0
Electric Power 44$137,926$37,6160$0
Streets and Highways 35$116,285$39,8691$443
Solid Waste Management 19$50,503$31,8970$0
Sewerage 18$53,369$35,5790$0
Financial Administration 14$45,287$38,8171$536
Other Government Administration 10$36,520$43,8240$0
Parks and Recreation 9$26,330$35,1070$0
Judicial and Legal 9$32,650$43,5332$463
Water Supply 9$26,408$35,2110$0
Other and Unallocable 8$25,531$38,2970$0
Correction 2$5,580$33,4800$0
Health 2$6,736$40,4161$700
Housing and Community Development (Local) 1$3,609$43,3080$0
Fire - Other 0$0 0$0
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 283$971,191$41,1815$2,142

Ruston government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $2,949,000 ($132.63)
    Electric Utilities: $2,150,000 ($96.70)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $684,000 ($30.76)
    Sewerage: $603,000 ($27.12)
    Air Transportation: $433,000 ($19.47)
    Housing and Community Development: $250,000 ($11.24)
    Water Utilities: $247,000 ($11.11)
    General Public Buildings: $90,000 ($4.05)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $21,469,000 ($965.59)
    Police Protection: $4,383,000 ($197.13)
    Regular Highways: $3,537,000 ($159.08)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,534,000 ($158.95)
    Housing and Community Development: $3,190,000 ($143.47)
    Central Staff Services: $2,011,000 ($90.45)
    Sewerage: $1,675,000 ($75.34)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,472,000 ($66.20)
    Water Utilities: $1,353,000 ($60.85)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,030,000 ($46.33)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $907,000 ($40.79)
    Health - Other: $654,000 ($29.41)
    Financial Administration: $651,000 ($29.28)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $392,000 ($17.63)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $295,000 ($13.27)
    General Public Buildings: $293,000 ($13.18)
    General - Other: $174,000 ($7.83)
    Corrections - Other: $104,000 ($4.68)
    Air Transportation: $52,000 ($2.34)
    Public Welfare - Other: $31,000 ($1.39)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $83,000 ($3.73)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $667,000 ($30.00)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Judicial and Legal Services: $465,000 ($20.91)
    Electric Utilities: $140,000 ($6.30)
    Police Protection: $109,000 ($4.90)
    Financial Administration: $99,000 ($4.45)
    Central Staff Services: $92,000 ($4.14)
    Local Fire Protection: $41,000 ($1.84)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $11,405,000 ($512.95)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $62,000 ($2.79)

Ruston government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $4,124,000 ($185.48)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,301,000 ($58.51)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,032,000 ($46.42)
    Other: $637,000 ($28.65)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $125,000 ($5.62)
    Air Transportation: $82,000 ($3.69)
    Parks and Recreation: $70,000 ($3.15)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $2,179,000 ($98.00)
    Electric Utilities: $1,010,000 ($45.43)
    Air Transportation: $877,000 ($39.44)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,043,000 ($46.91)
    Fines and Forfeits: $712,000 ($32.02)
    Interest Earnings: $557,000 ($25.05)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $24,218,000 ($1089.23)
    Water Utilities: $2,537,000 ($114.10)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,682,000 ($75.65)
    Highways: $1,151,000 ($51.77)
    Water Utilities: $78,000 ($3.51)
    Public Welfare: $31,000 ($1.39)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $12,800,000 ($575.69)
    Property: $1,574,000 ($70.79)
    Other License: $991,000 ($44.57)

Ruston government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $21,015,000 ($945.17)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,309,000 ($868.44)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,706,000 ($76.73)

Ruston government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,767,000 ($124.45)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,514,000 ($427.90)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,057,000 ($92.52)

8.51% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($40,202 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.51%
Louisiana average:

6.56%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Ouachita Parish, LA  0.97% ($37,203 average AGI)
to Caddo Parish, LA  0.52% ($33,532)
to Jackson Parish, LA  0.40% ($44,712)
Businesses in Ruston, LA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T2Lowe's1
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's2
Applebee's1Nike4
AutoZone1Office Depot1
Bath & Body Works1Papa John's Pizza1
Blockbuster1Payless1
Burger King2Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Popeyes1
Chick-Fil-A1Quiznos1
Church's Chicken1RadioShack1
Circle K2Rite Aid1
Comfort Inn1Rue211
Curves1Ryan's Grill1
Days Inn1SONIC Drive-In2
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
FedEx5Sleep Inn1
Ford1Starbucks1
GNC2Super 81
GameStop1T-Mobile1
Goodwill1Taco Bell2
H&R Block1Toyota1
Hilton1True Value1
Holiday Inn1U-Haul3
Jones New York1UPS7
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
Kincaid1Waffle House1
La-Z-Boy1Walgreens2
Lane Furniture4Walmart1
Little Caesars Pizza1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Ruston:

  • KRUS (1490 AM; 1 kW; RUSTON, LA; Owner: COMMUNICATIONS CAPITAL COMPANY II OF LOUISIANA, LLC)
  • KEEL (710 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KNOE (540 AM; 5 kW; MONROE, LA; Owner: NOE CORP., LLC)
  • KWKH (1130 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KMBS (1310 AM; 5 kW; WEST MONROE, LA; Owner: RED BEAR BROADCASTING)
  • KRJO (1680 AM; 10 kW; MONROE, LA; Owner: NEW SOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KMLB (1440 AM; 5 kW; MONROE, LA)
  • KGHT (880 AM; 50 kW; SHERIDAN, AR; Owner: METROPOLITAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KMGG (920 AM; 1 kW; JONESBORO, LA; Owner: FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.)
  • KAAY (1090 AM; 50 kW; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WJNT (1180 AM; 50 kW; PEARL, MS; Owner: BUCHANAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • KDMS (1290 AM; 5 kW; EL DORADO, AR; Owner: EL DORADO BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Ruston:

  • KAPI (88.3 FM; RUSTON, LA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KXKZ (107.5 FM; RUSTON, LA; Owner: COMMUNICATIONS CAPITAL COMPANY II OF LOUISIANA, LLC)
  • KGRM (91.5 FM; GRAMBLING, LA; Owner: GRAMBLING COLLEGE OF LOUISIANA)
  • KNBB (99.3 FM; RUSTON, LA; Owner: COMMUNICATIONS CAPITAL COMPANY II OF LOUISIANA, LLC)
  • KLPI (89.1 FM; RUSTON, LA; Owner: LOUISIANA TECH. UNIVERSITY)
  • K214CE (90.7 FM; GRAMBLING, LA; Owner: BD OF SUPERVISORS OF LA ST UNIV)
  • KPCH (97.7 FM; DUBACH, LA; Owner: COMMUNICATIONS CAPITAL COMPANY II OF LOUISIANA, LLC)
  • KJLO-FM (104.1 FM; MONROE, LA; Owner: NEW SOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KNOE-FM (101.9 FM; MONROE, LA; Owner: NOE CORP., LLC)
  • KXRR (106.1 FM; MONROE, LA; Owner: MONROE RADIO MEMBERS, L.L.C.)
  • KXUL (91.1 FM; MONROE, LA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE)
  • KEDM (90.3 FM; MONROE, LA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE)
  • KWJM (92.7 FM; FARMERVILLE, LA; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KLIP (105.3 FM; MONROE, LA; Owner: NEW SOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KYFL (89.5 FM; MONROE, LA; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • KTOC-FM (104.9 FM; JONESBORO, LA; Owner: FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Ruston:

  • KARD (Channel 14; WEST MONROE, LA; Owner: QUORUM OF LOUISIANA LICENSE, LLC)
  • KAQY (Channel 11; COLUMBIA, LA; Owner: MONROE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KNOE-TV (Channel 8; MONROE, LA; Owner: NOE CORP., LLC)
  • KLTM-TV (Channel 13; MONROE, LA; Owner: LOUISIANA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION AUTHORITY)
  • KTVE (Channel 10; EL DORADO, AR; Owner: PIEDMONT TELEVISION OF MONROE/EL DORADO LICENSE LLC)
  • KMCT-TV (Channel 39; WEST MONROE, LA; Owner: LOUISIANA CHRISTIAN B/CASTING, INC.)
  • KMNO-LP (Channel 22; MONROE, LA; Owner: GREAT OAKS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KWMS-LP (Channel 17; WEST MONROE, LA; Owner: SONRISE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Ruston fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 63Number of bridges
  • 423ft / 129mTotal length
  • $12,363,000Total costs
  • 616,040Total average daily traffic
  • 34,232Total average daily truck traffic
  • 545,801Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in Ruston, LA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 51950-1959
  • 161960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 61980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 122000-2009
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Ruston, LA
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 270 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Ruston)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Ruston, LA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 27 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 29 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 146 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Ruston)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Ruston)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 42 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 105. The highest number of reported fires - 237 took place in 2011, and the least - 0 in 2007. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Ruston, LA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (47.9%), and Structure Fires (30.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Ruston, LA
    • 85847.9%Outside Fires
    • 54030.2%Structure Fires
    • 34119.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 512.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Ruston, LA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Ruston, Louisiana:

  • Country Inn & Suites, 1825 Roberta Ave, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 513-9777, Fax: (318) 513-2558
  • Budget Lodge, 1301 Goodwin Rd, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 225-0354, Fax: (318) 225-0354
  • Howard Johnson, 401 N Service Rd, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 255-5901, Fax: (318) 255-3729
  • Super 8 Ruston, 1101 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 255-0588, Fax: (318) 255-0588
  • Hampton Inn, 1315 N Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 251-3090, Fax: (318) 255-3315
  • Sleep Inn & Suites, 106 S Service Rd E, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 232-1100, Fax: (318) 232-1101
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1707 Roberta Ave, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 251-9800, Fax: (318) 251-9805
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1312 Hospitality St, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 , Phone: (318) 254-1197, Fax: (318) 254-1257
  • 3 other hotels and motels
All 11 fire-safe hotels and motels in Ruston, Louisiana
Most common first names in Ruston, LA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James18271.1 years
Mary16978.7 years
John16572.4 years
William10876.0 years
Willie10274.3 years
Robert9772.3 years
Annie6679.9 years
George6673.7 years
Jessie5277.9 years
Mattie4884.9 years
Most common last names in Ruston, LA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams12572.9 years
Smith9177.1 years
Davis8877.1 years
Jones8676.4 years
Lewis8576.0 years
Johnson5575.5 years
Martin5373.2 years
Wright5278.5 years
Wilson5273.9 years
Jackson4769.9 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Ruston, LA
  • 74.7%Utility gas
  • 23.1%Electricity
  • 1.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Ruston, LA
  • 55.0%Electricity
  • 43.4%Utility gas
  • 1.0%No fuel used
  • 0.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Ruston compared to Louisiana state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Ruston on our top lists:

  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in institutions for the blind (population 1,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest household incomes disparities (population 5,000+)"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: health technologists and technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children (population 1,000+)"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped (population 1,000+)"
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