Statewide Claims to Fame

Ruston is 6th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Residents with college degree (older than 25)

Ruston is 6th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Units inside multi-unit buildings

Ruston is 8th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Income below poverty line

Ruston is 14th in Louisiana out of 62 other cities in Current population (2012)

Ruston is 16th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Foreign born residents

Ruston is 17th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Race - Asian

Ruston is 17th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Residents with high school diploma (older than 25)

Ruston is 19th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Housing units

Ruston is 19th in Louisiana out of 87 other cities in Retail accommodation and food service sales

Ruston is 19th in Louisiana out of 97 other cities in Retail sales

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General Demographics

Size Demographics

Size Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Current population (2012) 21,953 14th 4,601,893 313,914,040
Size in square miles 20.9 22nd 43,203.9 3,531,905.4
Population density (people per sqmi) 1,048.5 80th 104.9 87.4

People Demographics

Age Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Residents younger than 5 6.1% 94th 6.8% 6.4%
Residents younger than 18 19.1% 102nd 24.3% 23.5%
Residents 65 or older 10.5% 80th 12.9% 13.7%
Education Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Residents with high school diploma (older than 25) 89.6% 17th 81.6% 85.4%
Residents with college degree (older than 25) 42.6% 6th 21.1% 28.2%
Race Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Race - White 52.3% 65th 63.7% 77.9%
Race - Black or African American 42.0% 39th 32.4% 13.1%
Race - American Indian or Alaska Native 0.2% 84th 0.7% 1.2%
Race - Asian 3.2% 17th 1.7% 5.1%
Race - Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.0% 57th 0.1% 0.2%
Race - Two or More 1.2% 84th 1.4% 2.4%
Race - Hispanic or Latino 2.3% 76th 4.5% 16.9%
Race - White, not Hispanic or Latino 51.3% 60th 59.9% 63.0%
Misc People Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Female residents 50.7% 85th 51.1% 50.8%
Foreign born residents 5.9% 16th 3.7% 12.8%

Housing Demographics

Housing Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Housing units 9,275 19th 1,978,848 132,312,404
Units inside multi-unit buildings 39.5% 6th 18.1% 25.9%
Households 7,744 20th 1,675,097 114,761,359
Home ownership rate 41.0% 105th 67.9% 66.1%
Home median value $131,000 52nd $135,400 $186,200
People per household 2.5 83rd 2.6 2.6

Income Demographics

Income Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Income per capita $17,113 91st $23,853 $27,915
Income per household $28,782 94th $44,086 $52,762
Income below poverty line 34.9% 8th 18.4% 14.3%

Business Demographics

Business Demographics
Ruston Rank Louisiana US
Total businesses (including small businesses) 2,097 21st 375,808 27,092,908
Retail sales $493,843 19th $56,543,203 $3,917,663,456
Retail sales per capita $23,629 24th $12,921 $12,990
Retail accommodation and food service sales $63,549 19th $9,729,869 $613,795,732

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