Rukavina families are Croats and they are mostly from Gospic and Perusic. In the past century, relatively most of Croatian residents bearing this family name were born in Zagreb and Gospic. In places Konjsko Brdo and Kosa Janjačka in Gospic area every fifth inhabitant had the family name Rukavina.
About 3200 people with faimily name Rukavina live in Croatia today, in 1500 households. There were 3200 of them in the middle of the past century, and their number remains constant. They are located in all Croatian counties, in 82 cities and 251 other places, mostly in Zagreb (875), Gospic (195), Rijeka (180), Osijek (70), and in Zadar (65).