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Ruston, Louisiana

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The location of Ruston

Welcome to Ruston ...

The city of Ruston is located in Lincoln Parish and is the Parish Seat for Lincoln Parish.

The location of Ruston has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Ruston has a population of 22,123 people<2> (see below for details).

Ruston is 320 feet [98 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Ruston lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Ruston: (318)

The ZIP codes for Ruston: 71270, 71272-71273<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ruston had a population of 21,859 people (or 46.77% of the total population of Lincoln Parish). This makes Ruston the parish's most populous community.

The population of Ruston represents 0.48% of the total population of Louisiana (which has 4,533,372 people), making it the state's 14th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 21,859 people, the population of Ruston increased 6.39% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 20,546 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Ruston had an population of 22,123 people. This is an increase of 1.21% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.68% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Ruston.

Communities near Ruston ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Arcadia   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the West (W) of Ruston

Located in Bienville Parish

Choudrant   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) of Ruston

Dubach   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) of Ruston

Simsboro   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) of Ruston

Chatham   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Ruston

Located in Jackson Parish

Hodge   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South (S) of Ruston

Located in Jackson Parish

North Hodge   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South (S) of Ruston

Located in Jackson Parish

East Hodge   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South (S) of Ruston

Located in Jackson Parish

Quitman   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) of Ruston

Located in Jackson Parish

Eros   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Ruston

Located in Jackson Parish

To learn more about neighboring communities and parishes, please visit the Nearby Page for Ruston.

Communities Also Named Ruston ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Ruston - it's located in Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Ruston.

Websites for Ruston ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ruston. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ruston. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruston. Our list includes 8 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Ruston:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ruston ...

Looking for more information about Ruston? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Ruston, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Ruston.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Louisiana

About Lincoln Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ruston:

The official website for Lincoln Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ruston.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ruston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Ruston). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Ruston or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Ruston includes: 71270, 71272 & 71273.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ruston) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ruston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ruston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5323, Longitude: -92.6371     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruston have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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