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Lake Charles, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Lake Charles is the 6th largest city in Louisiana with a population of 75,397 as of July 1, 2016. Lake Charles ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lake Charles is located at latitude 30.2027 and longitude -93.2147 in Calcasieu Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Lake Charles (see map below) encompass a land area of 42.14 sq. miles and a water area of 2.8 sq. miles. Calcasieu Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 13 feet.

The City of Lake Charles (GNIS ID: 2404859) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Lake Charles is located within Parish Governing Authority District 5, a minor civil division (MCD) of Calcasieu Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lake Charles population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lake Charles: Charlestown.

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Lake Charles, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 75,397
Population in Households 72,231
Population in Familes 55,539
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,166
Population Density1 1,789
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 30,595
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 18,338
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 34,802 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,068 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,526 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,207 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $131,598
Average Home Value $176,417


Median Household Income $37,688
Average Household Income $60,193
Per Capita Income $25,152
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.74% 0.64%
Households 0.89% 0.76%
Families 0.7% 0.54%
Median Household Income   1.21%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Lake Charles, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lake Charles to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 99th
Population Density1 # 67 86th
Diversity Index2 # 48 90th
Median Household Income # 267 44th
Per Capita Income # 113 76th

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