The City of Lake Charles is the 6th largest city in Louisiana with a population of 80,987 as of July 1, 2020. 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 30.2266 and longitude -93.2174 in Calcasieu Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Lake Charles 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.
Alternate Unofficial Names for Lake Charles: Charlestown.
|Total Population||80,987 (100%)|
|Population in Households||77,821 (96.1%)|
|Population in Families||59,696 (73.7%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||3,166 ( 3.9%)|
|Median Household Income||$40,672|
|Average Household Income||$66,361|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||17%|
|Per Capita Income||$27,100|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||37,456 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||16,030 (42.8%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||16,891 (45.1%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||4,535 (12.1%)|
|Median Home Value||$162,918|
|Average Home Value||$204,674|
|Housing Affordability Index3||156|
|Average Household Size||2.36|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||0.58%|
|Per Capita Income||1.47%|
|Owner Occupied HU||0.57%|
The table below compares Lake Charles to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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.
|Total Population||# 6||99th|
|Population Density||# 65||86th|
|Median Household Income||# 242||49th|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 84||18th|
|Per Capita Income||# 125||74th|
|Diversity Index||# 50||90th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Louisiana Census Data Comparison Tool.