Ruston, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
48,323
0.19% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
28.3
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
29.7%
4.67% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$37,001
3.79% 1-year decline
2022 Median Property Value
$184,300
15.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
21,178
0.17% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Ruston, LA had a population of 48.3k people with a median age of 28.3 and a median household income of $37,001. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ruston, LA declined from 48,415 to 48,323, a −0.19% decrease and its median household income declined from $38,458 to $37,001, a −3.79% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ruston, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (53.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (37.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.69%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.46%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.39%).

None of the households in Ruston, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Ruston, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ruston, LA are Louisiana Tech University (2,330 degrees awarded in 2022) and Grambling State University (809 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Ruston, LA was $184,300, and the homeownership rate was 51.9%.

Most people in Ruston, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Ruston, LA was 2 cars per household.

Ruston, LA borders Monroe, LA.

Population & Diversity

Ruston, LA is home to a population of 48.3k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.73% of Ruston, LA residents were born outside of the country (1.8k people).

In 2022, there were 1.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.7k people) in Ruston, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.78k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
98.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Ruston, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ruston, LA was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ruston, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    25.7k ± 269
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    18.1k ± 575
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.78k ± 547
3.21%
Hispanic Population
1.55k people

In 2022, there were 1.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.7k people) in Ruston, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.78k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.21% of the people in Ruston, LA are hispanic (1.55k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Ruston, LA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    36,279 ± 4,658 people
  2. Mexico
    23,092 ± 3,722 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,064 ± 3,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 36,279 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 23,092 and Vietnam with 18,064.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.73%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.8k people
3.51%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.7k people

As of 2022, 3.73% of Ruston, LA residents (1.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ruston, LA was 3.51%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    730 ± 219
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    508 ± 172
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    378 ± 143

Ruston, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ruston, LA employs 21.2k people. The largest industries in Ruston, LA are Educational Services (3,746 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,370 people), and Retail Trade (2,941 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($96,641), Utilities ($62,647), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($48,690).

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.52 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,789. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

21.2k
2022 Value
± 1,291
−0.17%
1 Year decline
± 8.82%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ruston, LA declined at a rate of −0.17%, from 21.2k employees to 21.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ruston, LA, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,487 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,136 people), and Management Occupations (1,751 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ruston, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

21.2k
2022 Value
± 1,291
−0.17%
1 Year decline
± 8.82%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ruston, LA declined at a rate of −0.17%, from 21.2k employees to 21.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ruston, LA, are Educational Services (3,746 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,370 people), and Retail Trade (2,941 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ruston, LA, though some of these residents may live in Ruston, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$31,336
Median earning men ± $4,356
$21,699
Median earning women ± $1,607

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,727), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,721), and Manufacturing ($46,705).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($46,771), Construction ($32,031), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($30,408).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 460
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 365
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 217
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.01%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Ruston, LA awarded 3,139 degrees. The student population of Ruston, LA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 7,389 male students and 8,508 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ruston, LA are White (1,671 and 56.6%), followed by Black or African American (941 and 31.9%), Hispanic or Latino (131 and 4.43%), and Unknown (84 and 2.84%).

The largest universities in Ruston, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana Tech University (2,330 and 74.2%) and Grambling State University (809 and 25.8%).

The most popular majors in Ruston, LA are General Business Administration & Management (372 and 11.9%), General Biological Sciences (213 and 6.79%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (177 and 5.64%).

The median tuition cost in Ruston, LA for a public four year colleges is $5,771 for in-state students and $9,141 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Ruston, LA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 50.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 28.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 15,897 (46.5% men and 53.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 15,897 students enrolled in Ruston, LA, 46.5% men and 53.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 7,896 records, of which 48.3% were women and 51.7% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ruston, LA was General Business Administration & Management with 111 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Ruston, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,330 degrees awarded
  2. 809 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana Tech University with 2,330 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,405 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ruston, LA, which is 0.81 times less than the 1,734 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,671 degrees mean that there were 1.78 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 941 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,771) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,104) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,350) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ruston, LA was $184,300 in 2022, which is 0.654 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $159,600 to $184,300, a 15.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Ruston, LA is 51.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ruston, LA have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ruston, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ruston, LA is $37,001. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Ruston, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

Property

$184,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$14,679
$9,367
Median Property Taxes
±$717

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ruston, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

51.9%
Homeownership
2022
66.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 51.9% of the housing units in Ruston, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 52.8%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ruston, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

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Household Income

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$37,001
Median Household Income
± $3,309
18k
Number of Households
± 1,114

In 2022, the median household income of the 18k households in Ruston, LA declined from $37,001 from the previous year's value of $38,458.

The following chart displays the households in Ruston, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ruston, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.3%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.9%)
  3. Carpooled (7.38%)

In 2022, 79.3% of workers in Ruston, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.9%) and those who carpooled to work (7.38%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

18.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ruston, LA have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.997% of the workforce in Ruston, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ruston, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ruston, LA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

29.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ruston, LA (13.2k out of 44.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ruston, LA is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.1% of the population of Ruston, LA has health coverage, with 43.3% on employee plans, 27.1% on Medicaid, 9.98% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 1.15% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1434 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1466 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1759 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 305 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,434 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,434 patients per year. This represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1,466 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.4% under 18 years, 34.2% between 18 and 34 years, 28.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.93%
Uninsured
43.3%
Employer Coverage
27.1%
Medicaid
9.98%
Medicare
11.6%
Non-Group
1.15%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ruston, LA declined by 4.51% from 7.26% to 6.93%.

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