Ruston, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ruston, Washington - Basic Facts

The Town of Ruston had a population of 1,065 as of July 1, 2016. Ruston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ruston is located at latitude 47.2987 and longitude -122.5109 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Ruston (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Pierce County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 49 feet.

The Town of Ruston (GNIS ID: 2412586) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Ruston is located within Tacoma Division of Pierce County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ruston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ruston: Smelter.

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Ruston, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,065
Population in Households 1,065
Population in Familes 760
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 4,149
Diversity Index2 38


Total Households 475
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 271
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 565 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 317 (56.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 158 (28.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 90 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $288,636
Average Home Value $355,854


Median Household Income $65,684
Average Household Income $79,855
Per Capita Income $34,908
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 5.79% 2.7%
Households 5.7% 2.64%
Families 5.49% 2.53%
Median Household Income   3.62%
Per Capita Income   2.47%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Ruston, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ruston to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 382 39th
Population Density1 # 37 94th
Diversity Index2 # 275 56th
Median Household Income # 189 70th
Per Capita Income # 145 77th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Washington Census Data Comparison Tool.