Ruston, Washington

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Ruston, Washington

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High Points

Ruston strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Washington):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Ruston Low Violent Crime
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Ruston Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Ruston Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Ruston Well-Paid Single Women
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Ruston Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Ruston College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Ruston Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Ruston, Washington

Comparing Ruston to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Washington (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Racial Diversity 8 5
Age of the Population 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 4
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 2
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 5 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Working at Home 8 7
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 7
People Living Alone 5 6
Housing Recently Built 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 3
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 3 7

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Ruston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NW of Tacoma, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles S of Seattle, Washington
County Pierce
Standard Zip Codes 98407
Phone Area Codes 253
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.299
Longitude -122.506

Ruston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station TACOMA 1
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 60 F
Jul Temp 55 to 76 F
Oct Temp 45 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Station KENT
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
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Ruston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 738 100%
Male 381 51.6%
Female 357 48.4%
Under 18 148 20.1%
18+ 590 79.9%
65+ 79 10.7%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 2.87
White 644 87.3%
African-American 19 2.6%
Asian 17 2.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 3%
Other 8 1.1%
Mixed Race 27 3.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 28 3.8%

Estimated Ruston Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 746
Growth 8
Growth % 1.1%

Ruston Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 22.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.7%
English 7.7%
Irish 7.6%
Norwegian 7.1%
US/American 6.9%
Scottish 4.2%
Scotch-Irish 3.2%
French Canadian 3.1%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Polish 2.3%
Italian 2.3%
Croatian 2.1%
Welsh 1.9%
Russian 1.9%
Scandinavian 1.8%
Swiss 1.1%
Danish 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Portuguese 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Finnish 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
British 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ruston 738 $54,167
Fife 4,784 $36,250
Fircrest 5,868 $61,611
Gig Harbor 6,465 $57,587
Lakewood 58,211 $42,551
Tacoma 193,556 $45,567
University Place 29,933 $60,401
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