Ruston, Washington

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Ruston is a town in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 738 at the 2000 census.

Although it is nearly indistinguishable from the adjacent city of Tacoma, the predominantly residential area still retains its status as a separate municipality long after it ceased to be a company town.[3]



In 1890 industrialist W.R. Rust established Tacoma Smelting & Refining Company and a company town for his employees, naming the place "Smelter". On October 22, 1906, residents voted to change to the name to Ruston, in honor of Mr. Rust.[4] Ruston was officially incorporated on November 10, 1906. It is surrounded on one side by Commencement Bay and all other sides the city of Tacoma. The primary industry for decades was the ASARCO copper smelting plant on the waterfront. The smelter and its landmark smokestack have been gone for years, and a massive Superfund cleanup at the former site has been underway since the early 1990s. This area has been renamed Point Ruston as construction on a large residential and commercial development has commenced which could add over 1,000 residents to the city.


Ruston is located at 47°17′49″N 122°30′38″W / 47.29694°N 122.51056°W / 47.29694; -122.51056 (47.296906, -122.510513).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 738 people, 330 households, and 185 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,879.9 people per square mile (1,095.9/km²). There were 355 housing units at an average density of 1,385.3/sq mi (527.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.26% White, 2.57% African American, 2.98% Native American, 2.30% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 3.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.79% of the population.

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