Statewide Claims to Fame

Lake Charles is 5th in Louisiana out of 62 other cities in Current population (2012)

Lake Charles is 5th in Louisiana out of 87 other cities in Retail accommodation and food service sales

Lake Charles is 6th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Households

Lake Charles is 6th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Housing units

Lake Charles is 7th in Louisiana out of 107 other cities in Size in square miles

Lake Charles is 7th in Louisiana out of 99 other cities in Total businesses (including small businesses)

Lake Charles is 8th in Louisiana out of 97 other cities in Retail sales

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General Demographics

Size Demographics

Size Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Current population (2012) 73,474 5th 4,601,893 313,914,040
Size in square miles 42.1 7th 43,203.9 3,531,905.4
Population density (people per sqmi) 1,711.8 52nd 104.9 87.4

People Demographics

Age Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Residents younger than 5 7.0% 71st 6.8% 6.4%
Residents younger than 18 23.5% 83rd 24.3% 23.5%
Residents 65 or older 13.9% 36th 12.9% 13.7%
Education Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Residents with high school diploma (older than 25) 82.6% 46th 81.6% 85.4%
Residents with college degree (older than 25) 22.5% 33rd 21.1% 28.2%
Race Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Race - White 47.0% 76th 63.7% 77.9%
Race - Black or African American 47.7% 32nd 32.4% 13.1%
Race - American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4% 42nd 0.7% 1.2%
Race - Asian 1.7% 36th 1.7% 5.1%
Race - Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.0% 107th 0.1% 0.2%
Race - Two or More 2.1% 24th 1.4% 2.4%
Race - Hispanic or Latino 2.9% 63rd 4.5% 16.9%
Race - White, not Hispanic or Latino 45.6% 73rd 59.9% 63.0%
Misc People Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Female residents 51.7% 55th 51.1% 50.8%
Foreign born residents 3.3% 49th 3.7% 12.8%

Housing Demographics

Housing Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Housing units 32,469 6th 1,978,848 132,312,404
Units inside multi-unit buildings 25.3% 26th 18.1% 25.9%
Households 28,513 6th 1,675,097 114,761,359
Home ownership rate 57.2% 82nd 67.9% 66.1%
Home median value $117,800 65th $135,400 $186,200
People per household 2.4 95th 2.6 2.6

Income Demographics

Income Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Income per capita $22,908 45th $23,853 $27,915
Income per household $35,996 78th $44,086 $52,762
Income below poverty line 22.2% 36th 18.4% 14.3%

Business Demographics

Business Demographics
Lake Charles Rank Louisiana US
Total businesses (including small businesses) 6,313 7th 375,808 27,092,908
Retail sales $1,507,469 8th $56,543,203 $3,917,663,456
Retail sales per capita $21,496 29th $12,921 $12,990
Retail accommodation and food service sales $563,784 5th $9,729,869 $613,795,732

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