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.

Lake Charles Population Statistics

More females are residing in Lake Charles, with 90.9 men for every 100 women. Residents under the age of 18 make up the most significant 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

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.

Lake Charles Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lake Charles was:

  • Black or African American: 48.46%
  • White: 45.83%
  • Two or more races: 2.64%
  • Asian: 1.99%
  • Other race: 0.63%
  • Native American: 0.46%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%

Lake Charles, Louisiana's estimated population is 78,001 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Lake Charles, Louisiana is the 5th largest city in Louisiana based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1851.98 people/mi² (715.05 people/km²), with a household density of 325.02 people/km² (841.81 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 35 years, 33.4 years for males, and 36.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 92.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 35,455 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6%, with a median rent of $789/month. The median house has 5.2 rooms, and has a value of $145,900.

The median income for households in Lake Charles, Louisiana is $40,910, while the mean household income is $60,601.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201878,0016990.90%
201777,3021,0841.42%
201676,2187410.98%
201575,4771,1521.55%
201474,3256170.84%
201373,7082120.29%
201273,4967801.07%
201172,7163230.45%
201072,3936360.09%
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%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018210,0808240.39%
2017209,2561,8810.90%
2016207,3752,1231.02%
2015205,2521,9650.96%
2014203,2871,1020.54%
2013202,1851,0960.54%
2012201,0895800.29%
2011200,5095660.28%
2010199,9430.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
Black or African American36,438
White34,462
Two or More Races1,983
Asian1,496
Some Other Race470
American Indian and Alaska Native345

Lake Charles Population Pyramid 2019

Lake Charles Median Age

35


Total

33.4


Male

36.5


Female

Lake Charles Adults

There are 57,884 adults, (11,433 of whom are seniors) in Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Age Dependency

61.9

Age Dependency Ratio

24.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Charles Sex Ratio

Female

39,158

52.08%

Male

36,036

47.92%

Lake Charles Households and Families

Lake Charles Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lake Charles Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.1%21.9%
All52.4%47.6%
Male47%53%
Non Family41.1%58.9%
Female35.4%64.6%

52.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All31,1442.3252.4
Non Family13,3961.2341.1
Married10,1753.178.1
Female5,9043.2335.4
Male1,6693.0947

3.06

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lake Charles Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,5795.23%
9th to 12th Grade5,02210.19%
High School Graduate13,53827.48%
Some College12,27224.91%
Associates Degree3,0686.23%
Bachelors Degree8,07516.39%
Graduate Degree4,7119.56%

Lake Charles Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White23,83921,7888,712
Black22,06117,1743,068
Hispanic1,5241,160389
Asian931770379
Multiple Races822602216
Other Race33124417
Native American26521843

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 91.40%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 40.71%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,320$39,678$24,976
Less Than High School$18,734$20,785$17,533
High School Grad$23,374$26,741$19,113
Some College$28,563$41,791$22,253
Bachelors Degree$45,571$61,393$35,660
Graduate Degree$63,157$84,188$52,105

$30,320

Average Earnings

$39,678

Average Male

$24,976

Average Female

Lake Charles Language

Lake Charles Language by Age

Lake Charles Language

92.24% of Lake Charles residents speak only English, while 7.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.92% of the population.

Lake Charles Poverty

Lake Charles Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black35,26611,40532.34%
White31,3473,78712.08%
Multiple1,91369536.33%
Hispanic2,46735014.19%
Asian1,45031121.45%
Native34512034.78%
Other4144611.11%

22.87%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.98%

Male Poverty Rate

25.48%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Charles

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Multiple, with 36.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Other, with 11.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.08%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.82%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.66%
High School19.63%
Some College14.56%
Bachelors or Greater4.96%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.12%
Male Unemployed33.15%
Female Employed17.12%
Male Employed9.90%

Lake Charles Income

Lake Charles Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,910$60,601
Families$50,396$73,692
Married Families$77,240$99,574
Non Families$26,847$40,359

Lake Charles Marital Status

Lake Charles Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.1%

Male Marriage Rate

33.7%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Lake Charles Marital Status by Race

Lake Charles Veterans

4,786

Number of Veterans

4,382

Male Veterans

404

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,617
First Gulf War939
Second Gulf War833
Korea428
World War II251
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,172
35 to 541,163
75+1,054
55 to 64935
18 to 34462

Lake Charles Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6859.32%
Black1,9467.42%
Hispanic1146.18%
2 or More677.15%
Other339.30%
Indian3111.70%
Asian241.98%

Lake Charles Veterans by Education

8.35%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Charles Employment Status

63%

Labor Force Participation

57.9%

Employment Rate

7.9%

Unemployment Rate

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

78.65%

Born in Louisiana

96.75%

Native Born

3.25%

Foreign Born

1.80%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.75% of Lake Charles residents were born in the United States, with 78.65% having been born in Louisiana. 1.80% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.