Ruston, Louisiana Population 2021

21,506
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Ruston is a city located in Lincoln Parish Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 21,506, it is the 15th largest city in Louisiana and the 1751st largest city in the United States . Ruston is currently declining at a rate of -0.80% annually and its population has decreased by -1.61% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,859 in 2010. Ruston reached it's highest population of 22,033 in 2017. Spanning over 21 miles, Ruston has a population density of 1,018 people per square mile.

The average household income in Ruston is $48,052 with a poverty rate of 41.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $744 per month, and the median house value is $169,600. The median age in Ruston is 23.7 years, 23.4 years for males, and 24 years for females.

Ruston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Ruston was:

  • Black or African American: 47.91%
  • White: 46.47%
  • Asian: 2.77%
  • Two or more races: 1.65%
  • Other race: 0.98%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Ruston, Louisiana is 21,506 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 22,028.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,859.

Ruston, Louisiana Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202146,002-370-0.80%
202046,372-370-0.80%
201946,742-370-0.79%
201847,112-359-0.76%
201747,471-2-0.00%
201647,473390.08%
201547,4342360.50%
201447,198-35-0.07%
201347,2332070.44%
201247,026-32-0.07%
201147,0582080.44%
201046,8500.00%

Ruston Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American10,52947.91%
White10,21346.47%
Asian6092.77%
Two or More Races3621.65%
Some Other Race2150.98%
American Indian and Alaska Native480.22%
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Ruston Population by Race

Ruston Population Pyramid $2021

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Ruston Median Age

23.7


Total

23.4


Male

24


Female

Ruston Adults

There are 18,020 adults, (2,284 of whom are seniors) in Ruston.

Ruston Age Dependency

39.7

Age Dependency Ratio

14.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Ruston Sex Ratio

Female

11,330

51.56%

Male

10,646

48.44%

Ruston Population by Age

Ruston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Ruston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.4%20.6%
All34.7%65.3%
Non Family19.3%80.7%
Female17.6%82.4%
Male15.2%84.8%

34.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Ruston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,9702.4834.7
Non Family4,0321.7119.3
Married2,1003.0879.4
Female1,5483.6517.6
Male2902.515.2

3.17

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

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Ruston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2602.67%
9th to 12th Grade7437.62%
High School Graduate2,20922.64%
Some College1,79918.44%
Associates Degree6746.91%
Bachelors Degree2,39324.53%
Graduate Degree1,67717.19%
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Ruston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Ruston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White4,7984,6662,861
Black4,3793,593969
Asian333299205
Hispanic15313315
2+ Races888820
Other Race6666
Native American31

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 61.56%.

Ruston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,896$38,906$24,583
Less Than 9th Grade$11,845$$11,161
High School Graduate$21,169$23,458$13,608
Some College$22,024$30,263$17,778
Bachelors Degree$35,206$41,603$31,936
Graduate Degree$57,760$79,531$44,000

$29,896

Average Earnings

$38,906

Average Male

$24,583

Average Female

Ruston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Ruston Language by Age

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Ruston Language

93.86% of Ruston residents speak only English, while 6.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.88% of the population.

Ruston Language

Ruston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black9,6774,82549.86%
White8,9212,83431.77%
Asian50920840.86%
Hispanic39119750.38%
Multiple35517248.45%
Other17811966.85%
Native3131100.00%

41.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

41.51%

Male Poverty Rate

41.65%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Ruston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Ruston is Native, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Ruston is White, with 31.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 15.99%. Among those working part-time, it was 60.15%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 44.90%.

Ruston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade61.39%
High School34.07%
Some College22.24%
Bachelors or Greater7.97%

Ruston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed81.63%
Male Unemployed62.64%
Female Employed42.09%
Male Employed24.67%

Ruston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Ruston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$29,128$48,052
Families$47,018$66,893
Married Families$78,161-
Non Families$21,214$28,840
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Income by Household Type

Ruston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

24.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

25.7%

Male Marriage Rate

23.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Ruston Married by Age and Sex

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Ruston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Ruston Marital Status by Race

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Ruston Marital Status

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895

Number of Veterans

735

Male Veterans

160

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War285
Vietnam259
First Gulf War182
Korea81
World War II25

Ruston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54240
65 to 74181
18 to 34179
75+165
55 to 64130

Ruston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5456.12%
Black3193.93%
Asian316.07%
Hispanic41.05%

Ruston Veterans by Race

Ruston Veterans by Education

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14.84%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.14%

Veteran Disability Rate

Ruston Veterans by Education

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57.5%

Labor Force Participation

54.4%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

Ruston Employment by Age

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Ruston Employment by Race

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Ruston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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69.83%

Born in Ruston

95.19%

Native Born

4.81%

Foreign Born

3.62%

Non Citizen

1.20%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.19% of Ruston residents were born in the United States, with 69.83% having been born in Louisiana. 3.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Ruston Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202121,506-174-0.80%
202021,680-174-0.80%
201921,854-174-0.79%
201822,028-5-0.02%
201722,03390.04%
201622,024210.10%
201522,003440.20%
201421,959-72-0.33%
201322,031930.42%
201221,938-45-0.20%
201121,983580.26%
201021,9251,3790.65%
200020,5465190.26%
199020,027-558-0.27%
198020,5853,2201.72%
197017,3653,3742.18%
196013,9913,6193.04%
195010,3723,2653.85%
19407,1072,7074.91%
19304,4001,0112.65%
19203,389120.04%
19103,3772,57715.49%
19008000.00%

Ruston Population by Year