Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia published in 2005, Huruta has an estimated total population of 16,922 consisting of 8,391 men and 8,531 women. The 1994 national census reported this town had a total population of 9,465 of whom 4,551 were males and 4,914 were females. It is one of five towns in Hitosa woreda.
There are a number of projects carried out in the town of Huruta. In Spring 2006, a project called Self Help Hurut's Project was established with funding support provided by the charitable foundation of the Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society. The project objective is to increase agricultural production and productivity, increase farm household incomes, improve access to social services, and restore the natural resource base of the district.