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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,245
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens10%
Employed Population 16+9,705
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married24.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.7%
Median Earnings25+$26,885
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$10,841
Median Earnings With High School Degree$17,830

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,617
% Above Poverty Level57%
% Below Poverty Level43%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.5%
Median Gross Rent$656
Median House Value$163,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.8%
Irish9%
German7.2%
English6%
French Except Basque4%
Italian2.2%
Scottish1.8%
Swedish0.9%
Polish0.7%
Dutch0.7%
African0.7%
Canadian0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Bahamian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Greek0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
South African0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Ruston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lincoln Parish
Standard Zip Codes71270
P.O. Box Zip Codes71273
Company Zip Codes71272
Phone Area Codes318
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.53
Approximate Longitude-92.63

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)

StationRUSTON LA TECH
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp33 to 55 F
Apr Temp51 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 93 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip55 inches
StationCALHOUN RESEARCH STN
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp34 to 57 F
Apr Temp51 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 95 F
Oct Temp51 to 79 F
Annual Precip55.4 inches
StationHOMER 3 SSW
Distance29.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp51 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip55.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Choudrant1,102$63,625
Dubach963$46,875
Grambling5,107$26,455
Quitman156$77,917
Simsboro1,153$41,650
Vienna516$79,583

Ruston Public Libraries

Lincoln Parish Library
910 NORTH TRENTON STREET
Ruston, Louisiana
(318) 251-5030

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Ruston Hospitals

Lifecare Specialty Hospital Of North Louisiana
(Proprietary)
1401 Ezell St
(318) 255-8085
Northern Louisiana Medical Center
(Non-profit)
401 E Vaughn Ave
(318) 254-2100
Allegiance Health Center Of Ruston
1401 Ezell Street
(318) 255-8085

Ruston Public Schools

Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center
801 East Mississippi Avenue
ZIP: 70270
(318) 513-1470
Primary
Total Enrollment 230
Cypress Springs Elementary School
1040 Saratoga Street
ZIP: 71270
(318) 255-0791
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Glen View Elementary School
1601 Bittersweet
ZIP: 71270
(318) 255-5724
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
Hillcrest Elementary School
301 East Kentucky Avenue
ZIP: 71270
(318) 255-0550
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
Howard School
904 Deville Lane
ZIP: 71270
(318) 255-5763
Other
Total Enrollment 105
I.a. Lewis School
1000 Mitchell Avenue
ZIP: 71270
(318) 255-5963
Middle
Total Enrollment 293
Ruston Elementary School
200 N. Bernard Street
ZIP: 71270
(318) 255-4714
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Ruston High School
900 Bearcat Drive
ZIP: 71270
(318) 255-0807
High
Total Enrollment 1251
Ruston Junior High School
481 Tarbutton Road
ZIP: 71270
(318) 251-1601
Middle
Total Enrollment 578
A. E. Phillips Laboratory School
Hergot Street - La Tech Campus
ZIP: 71272
(318) 257-3469
Primary
Total Enrollment 383

Ruston Private Schools

Bethel Christian School
2901 Winona Dr
ZIP: 71270
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 111
Cedar Creek School
2400 Cedar Creek Dr
ZIP: 71270
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 584
New Living Word School
1900 W Barnett Springs Rd
ZIP: 71270
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 88
Wildflower Montessori School
700 Woodward Ave
ZIP: 71270
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
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