Ruston, LA
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Ruston is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 22,340 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Ruston is the 18th largest community in Louisiana.

Ruston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ruston is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ruston who work in teaching (15.00%), sales jobs (11.25%), and office and administrative support (9.92%).

Ruston is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Ruston have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Ruston’s economy is one such example of this.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.75 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Ruston ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ruston, 43.53% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Ruston in 2010 was $16,859, which is lower middle income relative to Louisiana, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,436 for a family of four. However, Ruston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Ruston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.15% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Ruston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ruston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ruston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ruston include English, German, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Ruston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Other Asian languages and Arabic.