Ruston, LA
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Living in Ruston

Ruston is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 22,166 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Ruston is the 19th largest community in Louisiana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ruston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ruston is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ruston who work in food service (15.48%), sales jobs (9.58%), and office and administrative support (9.29%).

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.

Ruston, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

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 15.18 minutes getting to work every day.

Being a small city, Ruston does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Ruston is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.15% of adults in Ruston have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Ruston in 2018 was $19,309, 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 $77,236 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 38.78% 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Ruston include English, Irish, German, French, and Italian.

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