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Welcome to Ruston ...

The city of Ruston is located in Lincoln Parish<1> and is the Parish Seat for Lincoln Parish.


The location of Ruston has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>


While we don't have a date for the founding of Ruston, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1884.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Ruston has a population of 21,904 people<3> (see below for details).

Ruston is 320 feet [98 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The telephone area code for Ruston: (318)

The ZIP codes for Ruston: 71270, 71272-71273<5>

Websites for Ruston ...

Official Website:   www.ruston.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.rustonlincoln.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Ruston had an population of 21,904 people. This is an increase of 0.21% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.61% since the 2000 Census).

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).

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

Communities Also Named Ruston ...

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

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

Communities near Ruston ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Ruston.

  • Arcadia
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the west)
  • Bernice
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
  • Choudrant
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Choudrant have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Choudrant
    • Choudrant is located in Lincoln Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 987 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Choudrant <6>
  • Dubach
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dubach have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dubach
    • Dubach is located in Lincoln Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 900 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dubach <6>
  • Simsboro
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Simsboro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Simsboro
    • Simsboro is located in Lincoln Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 832 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Simsboro <6>
  • Chatham
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chatham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chatham
    • Chatham is located in Jackson Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 551 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chatham <6>
  • Hodge
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hodge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hodge
    • Hodge is located in Jackson Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 429 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hodge <6>
  • North Hodge
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Hodge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Hodge
    • North Hodge is located in Jackson Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 372 people
  • East Hodge
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Hodge
    • East Hodge is located in Jackson Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 270 people
  • Quitman
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ruston. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Ruston.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ruston.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruston. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers 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.

Adding Ruston to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Ruston in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Ruston was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Ruston post office opened in 1884.

We also found Ruston in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Ruston.

The official website for Ruston: www.ruston.org/

The official website for Lincoln Parish: www.lincolnparish.org/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Louisiana's parishes, including Lincoln, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ruston.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ruston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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