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 87.34% 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 (15.46%), office and administrative support (11.60%), and food service (9.62%).

In addition, Ruston is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Ruston culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Ruston really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Ruston every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Ruston. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Ruston benefits directly from this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Ruston spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Ruston is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.42% 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 2010 was $17,479, 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 $69,916 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 38.44% 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 Spanish and Arabic.