The City of Lake Charles is the 6th largest city in Louisiana with a population of 78,648 as of July 1, 2019. 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.
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX
|Lake Charles, LA Housing Affordability Index is 147 |
State of Louisiana Housing Affordability Index is 143
|The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.|
|Lake Charles, LA Wealth Index is 73 |
State of Louisiana Wealth Index is 71
|The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.|
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|Total Population||78,648 (100%)|
|Population in Households||75,483 (96.0%)|
|Population in Families||57,858 (73.6%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||3,165 ( 4.0%)|
|Median Household Income||$42,757|
|Average Household Income||$66,758|
|Per Capita Income||$27,277|
|Total Housing Units||35,977 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||15,695 (43.6%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||16,285 (45.3%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||3,997 (11.1%)|
|Median Home Value||$156,444|
|Housing Affordability Index3||147|
|Average Household Size||2.36|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||1.54%|
|Per Capita Income||1.84%|
The table below compares Lake Charles to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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|
|Diversity Index||# 48||90th|
|Median Household Income||# 205||57th|
|Per Capita Income||# 106||78th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Louisiana Census Data Comparison Tool.