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Overview

Introduction to Ruston, Louisiana

Ruston, Louisiana, in Lincoln county, is 30 miles W of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center) and 233 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ruston History

The city of Ruston is the parish seat in Lincoln Parish. The community was named after R.E. Russ, a landowner. During the era of reconstruction, Robert E. Russ donated 640 acres of land. This area eventually came to be known as Ruston, which is shorthand of Russ Town. Ruston persisted to grow steadily during the late 1940s. The GI Bill helped fuel the local economy, causing wonderful growth at the local universities and introduced many new families to Ruston. By the late 1950s, it was decided that a new expressway highway was to be built that would run through the northern part of the city. Completed by the year 1970, this coast - to - coast expressway made Ruston more easily accessible.

Ruston and nearby Attractions

  • Caney Creek Lake State Park
  • Lake D'Arbonne State Park
  • Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
  • Masur Museum of Art
  • Kisatchie National Forest
  • Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum

Things To Do In Ruston

The Caney Creek Lake State Park is one of the popular tourist attractions, that provide facilities for swimming, biking and camping. The Masur Museum of Art is also worth taking a look around. Tourists can also explore the exotic Kisatchie National Forest which is rich in vegetation. One can even plan a trip to the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum and Lake D'Arbonne State Park.

Ruston Transportation

Air transportation is available from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Ruston Higher Education

One can opt for Louisiana State University, Grambling State University, Louisiana Technical College, and University of Louisiana.

People

Total Population 22,185
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 9,578
Age of the Population 24

Families

% of people married 27.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.5%
Median Earnings25+ $26,312
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,914
Median Earnings With High School Degree $16,440

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,587
% Above Poverty Level 60.9%
% Below Poverty Level 39.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $666
Median House Value $154,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 8.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ruston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles W of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 233 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 71270
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71273
Company Zip Codes 71272
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.523
Longitude -92.637

Ruston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RUSTON LA TECH
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Station CALHOUN RESEARCH STN
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 95 F
Oct Temp 51 to 79 F
Annual Precip 55.4 inches
Station HOMER 3 SSW
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 55.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ruston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ansley (71270)

Barnet Springs (71270)

Kellys (71270)

Vernon (71270)

Woodville (71270)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Choudrant 1,200 $61,000
Dubach 929 $39,643
Grambling 5,067 $27,339
Quitman 156 $61,875
Simsboro 1,239 $40,893
Vienna 480 $77,708

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ruston Public Libraries

Library
Lincoln Parish Library
509 WEST ALABAMA STREET
Ruston, Louisiana
(318) 251-5030

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Ruston Hospitals

GREEN CLINIC SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1118 FARMERVILLE STREET
(318) 232-7700
Emergency Service: No

LINCOLN GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
P O DRAWER 1368
(318) 255-5780
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ruston High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

RUSTON HIGH SCHOOL
900 BEARCAT DRIVE
318-255-0807
Serves 1,153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

LINCOLN PARISH SECONDARY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1428 ARLINGTON STREET
318-254-2096
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 82 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

HOWARD SCHOOL
901 SOUTH VIENNA STREET
318-255-5763
A Non-traditional School
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32.5

RUSTON DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER/SSD#1
2776 HIGHWAY 150
318-247-4229
A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

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