Originally a company town, Ruston was first called Smelter until 1906 when residents voted for a change. Established in 1890 for the employees of the Tacoma Smelting & Refining Company, Ruston has gone through more than just changes to its name. In 1993 the iconic smokestack on the Ruston waterfront was demolished and the area underwent extensive environmental clean-up. Now the site is transformed into Point Ruston, home of Tacoma's newest movie theater, restaurants, cafes, and upscale condominiums - all overlooking Puget Sound.
Located between North Pearl Street and the waterfront, Ruston is the doorway to giant Point Defiance Park, which encompasses the 5 Mile Drive, Owen's Beach, the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, gardens, and miles of trails. These days Ruston is known for its small town feel as well as beloved local businesses that have stuck around for decades.
The Town of Ruston enjoys close proximity to Ruston Way, a two-mile long waterfront path with views across Commencement Bay, multiple beach access points, fishing piers, and some of Tacoma's favorite restaurants.
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Population: Roughly 953
Diversity: 83.74% White, 5.98% Black, 1.47% Asian
Median Income: $45,434
Median House Value: $279,600