Ruston is a small city in Louisiana with approximately 21,000 residents. Young adults aged 15-24 can expect to fit right in, as they make up an above-average percentage of the population, while middle-aged professionals figure less prominently in the demographics. At an average age of just under 32, the city's population skews notably younger than most cities in Louisiana, ranking as the ninth-youngest municipality in the state. The majority of Ruston residents rent, and 39% of residents own their homes. The trend is driven in part by a relatively reasonable average rent of $756 per month, which is $129 less than the state average.
Many Ruston residents work in one of three industries: education, entertainment, and healthcare. Combined, these industries account for 26% of the city's labor force. With an average annual income of around $46K, Ruston workers earn about $15,000 less than the average Louisiana resident. Ruston's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Ruston has a high number of residents over the age of 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the state average, as 8% possess a Master's or a Doctoral degree. Further, 10% possess a Bachelor's degree.
Ruston residents have an average commute of about 16 minutes, shorter than the state average of about 25 minutes. Driving is the most common way to get to work, selected by 41% of commuters, while public transit isn't used much. Not many commuters (2%) walk to work, though the number is greater than the national average.
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