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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 75,448 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lake Charles: Charlestown.

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Lake Charles, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 75,448
Daytime Population: Workers 59,473
Daytime Population: Residents 37,940
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 97,413
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.29
Population in Households 72,285
Population in Familes 55,331
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,163
Population Density2 1,790
Diversity Index3 59


Median Household Income $38,595
Average Household Income $62,120
Per Capita Income $25,949


Total Housing Units 34,740 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,154 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,505 (41.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,081 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $139,196
Average Home Value $179,174


Total Households 30,659
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 18,274
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.64% 0.67%
Households 0.8% 0.79%
Families 0.56% 0.57%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   2.27%

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, 2017 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 Density # 67 86th
Diversity Index # 50 90th
Median Household Income # 255 46th
Per Capita Income # 115 76th

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