Ruston, Louisiana Population 2020

22,151

Ruston is a city located in Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 22,151, it is the 14th largest city in Louisiana and the 1698th largest city in the United States. Ruston is currently growing at a rate of 0.06% annually and its population has increased by 1.34% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,859 in 2010. Spanning over 21 miles, Ruston has a population density of 1,048 people per square mile.

The average household income in Ruston is $47,178 with a poverty rate of 40.92%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $704 per month, and the median house value is $168,600. The median age in Ruston is 23.9 years, 23.5 years for males, and 24.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.5 males.

Ruston Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 48.19%
  • White: 46.01%
  • Asian: 2.85%
  • Two or more races: 1.85%
  • Other race: 0.96%
  • Native American: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Ruston, Louisiana is 22,151, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 22,123.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,859.

Ruston, Louisiana Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202046,658-269-0.58%
201946,927-269-0.57%
201847,196-269-0.57%
201747,465-19-0.04%
201647,484470.10%
201547,4372380.50%
201447,199-36-0.08%
201347,2352090.44%
201247,026-28-0.06%
201147,0542050.44%
201046,8490.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American10,62848.19%
White10,14846.01%
Asian6282.85%
Two or More Races4091.85%
Some Other Race2110.96%
American Indian and Alaska Native310.14%

Ruston Population Pyramid 2020

Ruston Median Age

23.9


Total

23.5


Male

24.4


Female

Ruston Adults

There are 17,866 adults, (2,256 of whom are seniors) in Ruston.

Ruston Age Dependency

41.3

Age Dependency Ratio

14.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Ruston Sex Ratio

Female

11,223

50.89%

Male

10,832

49.11%

Ruston Households and Families

Ruston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Ruston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.3%22.7%
All33.3%66.7%
Female18.5%81.5%
Male17.5%82.5%
Non Family16.8%83.2%

33.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,8312.5333.3
Non Family3,8911.8416.8
Married2,0823.2277.3
Female1,5323.3518.5
Male3262.5617.5

3.12

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

11.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Ruston Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2392.44%
9th to 12th Grade9099.29%
High School Graduate2,25523.05%
Some College1,78418.24%
Associates Degree5996.12%
Bachelors Degree2,22022.70%
Graduate Degree1,77518.15%

Ruston Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White4,9214,7152,917
Black4,4083,482864
Asian281281180
Hispanic11711717
Other Race6666
Multiple Races606017
Native American16

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 64.06%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,206$32,212$24,781
Less Than High School$$2,500$
High School Grad$20,704$22,202$17,474
Some College$20,926$26,000$18,882
Bachelors Degree$36,777$43,304$32,422
Graduate Degree$56,269$71,383$40,000

$28,206

Average Earnings

$32,212

Average Male

$24,781

Average Female

Ruston Language

Ruston Language by Age

Ruston Language

94.25% of Ruston residents speak only English, while 5.75% 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 Poverty

Ruston Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black9,7344,90250.36%
White8,9602,62529.30%
Asian53823443.49%
Multiple40621753.45%
Hispanic30016755.67%
Other18612969.35%
Native1616100.00%

40.92%

Overall Poverty Rate

39.47%

Male Poverty Rate

42.26%

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 29.30% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 16.43%. Among those working part-time, it was 56.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 47.78%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School61.37%
High School33.24%
Some College24.76%
Bachelors or Greater5.21%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed69.28%
Female Unemployed51.33%
Female Employed41.40%
Male Employed25.20%

Ruston Income

Ruston Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$30,119$47,178
Families$46,827$66,306
Married Families$78,256-
Non Families$20,327$26,504

Ruston Marital Status

Ruston Marital Status

Marriage Rates

24.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

25.5%

Male Marriage Rate

24.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Ruston Married by Age and Sex

Ruston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Ruston Marital Status by Race

Ruston Veterans

919

Number of Veterans

833

Male Veterans

86

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War287
Vietnam270
First Gulf War141
Korea98
World War II45
Name Veterans % of Total
White6217.07%
Black2713.34%
Asian275.10%
Hispanic62.10%

$Ruston Veterans by Education

16.83%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.14%

Veteran Disability Rate

Ruston Employment Status

57.3%

Labor Force Participation

52.8%

Employment Rate

7.5%

Unemployment Rate

Ruston Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

68.73%

Born in Louisiana

94.38%

Native Born

5.62%

Foreign Born

4.50%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.38% of Ruston residents were born in the United States, with 68.73% having been born in Louisiana. 4.50% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202022,151140.06%
201922,137140.06%
201822,123420.19%
201722,081140.06%
201622,067300.14%
201522,037540.25%
201421,983-68-0.31%
201322,0511010.46%
201221,950-38-0.17%
201121,988610.28%
201021,9271,3810.65%
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%