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
- 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 reasonably quickly and went to work to regain a healthy 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.
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.