Lake Charles, Louisiana Population 2019
Lake Charles is a city located in the state of Louisiana. The city was founded in 1861 and has become a major center for culture, education and industry within Louisiana. The last recorded population was 71,993 at the time of the 2010 census. This number has since grown to 76,848, making Lake Charles the fifth most populous city in the state.
City Size and Population Density
The city has a total area of almost 45 square miles with a population density of over 1,824 residents per square mile.
Population Demographics of Lake Charles
Forty-seven percent of the population is white, and 47% of the population is black. Less than 1% of the population is Native American or from another race. About 1.7% of the population is Asian, and 2.1% are multiracial. People of Hispanic or Latino origin make up close to 3% of the total population.
There are more females residing in Lake Charles, with 90.9 men for every 100 women. Residents under the age of 18 make up the largest portion of the population, accounting for 27% of total residents.
Close to 21% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.
Notes of Interest in Lake Charles
- Lake Charles is mentioned by the character played by Tom Hanks in the movie Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Actor Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints) was born in Lake Charles, La.
- There was a devastating fire in Lake Charles back in 1910. The city rebuilt fairly quickly and went to work to regain a strong industry.
- The city of Lake Charles boasts a total of 5 public golf courses in addition to a smattering of putt-putt courses for families and children.
Population Growth in Lake Charles
The city grew significantly during the 20th century, reaching a peak population of almost 78,000 residents in 1970. However, this was followed by periods of decline and when population counts did go up, it was minor compared to previous years. However, recent estimates show that the population is up 6.7%. Continuing on this trajectory will bring the city of Lake Charles to its highest population count yet.
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