Lake Charles, Louisiana Population 2018

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. The city has a total area of almost 45 square miles with a population density of over 1,824 residents per square mile.

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. 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201777,1171,0731.41%
201676,0447541.00%
201575,2901,1651.57%
201474,1256380.87%
201373,4872050.28%
201273,2828051.11%
201172,4773100.43%
201072,1674100.06%
200071,7571,1770.17%
199070,580-4,646-0.64%
198075,226-2,772-0.36%
197077,99814,6062.10%
196063,39222,1204.38%
195041,27220,0656.89%
194021,2075,4162.99%
193015,7912,7031.90%
192013,0881,6391.35%
191011,4494,7695.54%
19006,6803,2386.86%
18903,4420.00%

Lake Charles Population in 2018Source: By CTtcg [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
Black or African American36,667
White34,061
Two or More Races1,962
Asian1,505
Some Other Race540
American Indian and Alaska Native309

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Lake Charles Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Lake Charles Median Age

34.1


Total

32.5


Male

35.8


Female

Lake Charles Adults

There are 57,334 adults, (10,731 of which are seniors) in Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Age Dependency

61.3

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Charles Sex Ratio

Female

39,131

52.14%

Male

35,913

47.86%

Lake Charles Households and Families

Lake Charles Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lake Charles Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.5%23.5%
All51.7%48.3%
Male45.5%54.5%
Non Family41.8%58.2%
Female33%67%

51.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lake Charles Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All30,5172.3651.7
Non Family12,7971.2241.8
Married9,9983.0876.5
Female5,9683.3833
Male1,7543.0445.5

3.09

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lake Charles Households

Lake Charles Education

Lake Charles Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,7065.60%
9th to 12th Grade5,04210.44%
High School Graduate13,87828.74%
Some College11,82824.50%
Associates Degree3,1226.47%
Bachelors Degree7,43515.40%
Graduate Degree4,2738.85%

Lake Charles Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White23,19621,3168,095
Black21,65416,4732,755
Hispanic1,6011,232431
Asian919736275
Multiple Races733514135
Other Race45936418
Native American23619149

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 91.90%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 34.90%.

Lake Charles Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,254$36,283$23,514
Less Than High School$18,388$19,044$17,764
High School Grad$22,581$27,161$18,693
Some College$26,455$38,469$21,104
Bachelors Degree$45,262$60,512$35,000
Graduate Degree$56,109$80,811$51,463

$28,254

Average Earnings

$36,283

Average Male

$23,514

Average Female

Lake Charles Language

Lake Charles Language by Age

Lake Charles Language

91.62% of Lake Charles residents speak only English, while 8.38% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is OtherIndoEuro, which is spoken by 4.06% of the population.

Lake Charles Poverty

Lake Charles Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black35,49311,52032.46%
White30,6323,99813.05%
Multiple1,91272337.81%
Asian1,45148933.70%
Hispanic2,66743516.31%
Native3099029.13%
Other5286812.88%

23.74%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.47%

Male Poverty Rate

26.66%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Charles

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Multiple, with 37.81% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Other, with 12.88% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.63%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.61%.

Lake Charles Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.41%
High School21.07%
Some College14.90%
Bachelors or Greater5.29%

Lake Charles Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed37.98%
Male Unemployed32.75%
Female Employed17.98%
Male Employed10.30%

Lake Charles Income

Lake Charles Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$37,465$57,404
Families$47,868$70,701
Married Families$71,682$96,475
Non Families$24,144$36,140

Lake Charles Marital Status

Lake Charles Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.1%

Male Marriage Rate

33.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Lake Charles Married by Age and Sex

Lake Charles Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Lake Charles Marital Status by Race

Lake Charles Veterans

Lake Charles Veterans by War

4,788

Number of Veterans

4,464

Male Veterans

324

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,692
First Gulf War917
Second Gulf War805
Korea535
World War II295

Lake Charles Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 541,172
75+1,101
55 to 641,079
65 to 741,023
18 to 34413

Lake Charles Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6839.51%
Black1,9557.47%
Hispanic1145.62%
2 or More9410.44%
Other337.05%
Indian187.63%
Asian50.42%

Lake Charles Veterans by Education

6.77%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.64%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Charles Employment Status

Lake Charles Employment by Age

63%

Labor Force Participation

57.6%

Employment Rate

8.3%

Unemployment Rate

Lake Charles Employment by Race

Lake Charles Employment by Education

Lake Charles Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

77.75%

Born in Louisiana

96.69%

Native Born

3.31%

Foreign Born

1.95%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.69% of Lake Charles residents were born in the United States, with 77.75% having been born in Louisiana. 1.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.