Ruston, WA Profile: Facts & Data


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Ruston, Washington - Basic Facts

The Town of Ruston had a population of 1,156 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ruston: Smelter.

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Ruston, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 1,156
Population in Households 1,156
Population in Familes 832
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 4,503
Diversity Index3 39


Median Household Income $76,709
Average Household Income $91,926
Per Capita Income $39,752


Total Housing Units 558 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 325 (58.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 181 (32.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 52 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $327,228
Average Home Value $391,331


Total Households 506
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 289
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 5.4% 2.63%
Households 5.09% 2.52%
Families 4.95% 2.38%
Median Household Income   2.67%
Per Capita Income   3.26%

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, 2018 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 # 375 41st
Population Density # 24 96th
Diversity Index # 277 56th
Median Household Income # 171 73rd
Per Capita Income # 131 79th

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