Lake Charles, Louisiana Population 2021

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Lake Charles is a city located in Calcasieu Parish Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 78,656, it is the 5th largest city in Louisiana (after New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette) and the 453rd largest city in the United States . Lake Charles is currently growing at a rate of 0.17% annually and its population has increased by 9.26% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 71,993 in 2010. Lake Charles reached it's highest population of 78,656 in 2021. Spanning over 48 miles, Lake Charles has a population density of 1,752 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lake Charles is $66,125 with a poverty rate of 22.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $816 per month, and the median house value is $155,700. The median age in Lake Charles is 36.2 years, 34.3 years for males, and 37.6 years for females.

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.

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: 47.67%
  • White: 46.83%
  • Two or more races: 2.35%
  • Asian: 1.88%
  • Other race: 0.75%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Lake Charles, Louisiana is 78,656 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 78,266.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 71,993.

Lake Charles, Louisiana Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021210,8472190.10%
2020210,6282190.10%
2019210,4092190.10%
2018210,1907800.37%
2017209,4101,9460.93%
2016207,4642,1891.06%
2015205,2751,9790.96%
2014203,2961,0910.54%
2013202,2051,0950.54%
2012201,1105760.29%
2011200,5345910.29%
2010199,9430.00%

Lake Charles Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American36,84047.67%
White36,19346.83%
Two or More Races1,8152.35%
Asian1,4561.88%
Some Other Race5760.75%
American Indian and Alaska Native4030.52%
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Lake Charles Population by Race

Lake Charles Population Pyramid $2021

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Lake Charles Median Age

36.2


Total

34.3


Male

37.6


Female

Lake Charles Adults

There are 60,176 adults, (12,647 of whom are seniors) in Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Age Dependency

62.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Charles Sex Ratio

Female

40,357

52.22%

Male

36,926

47.78%

Lake Charles Population by Age

Lake Charles Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lake Charles Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.5%22.5%
All52.4%47.6%
Non Family41.2%58.8%
Male41.1%58.9%
Female40.1%59.9%

52.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lake Charles Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All32,7102.2852.4
Non Family14,7721.2341.2
Married10,2853.0777.5
Female6,1503.2240.1
Male1,5033.341.1

3.07

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

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Lake Charles Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,3594.52%
9th to 12th Grade4,6378.88%
High School Graduate15,29229.27%
Some College12,21023.37%
Associates Degree3,3666.44%
Bachelors Degree8,91517.06%
Graduate Degree5,46810.47%
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Lake Charles Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lake Charles Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White25,70523,8269,552
Black23,08118,5393,640
Hispanic1,5401,206400
Asian910755488
2+ Races659584245
Other Race47931833
Native American30826148

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.69%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.63%.

Lake Charles Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,301$42,653$25,336
Less Than 9th Grade$18,300$26,551$16,086
High School Graduate$24,688$31,520$19,977
Some College$31,041$43,178$24,732
Bachelors Degree$43,922$59,205$36,116
Graduate Degree$64,632$87,417$54,597

$32,301

Average Earnings

$42,653

Average Male

$25,336

Average Female

Lake Charles Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lake Charles Language by Age

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Lake Charles Language

92.57% of Lake Charles residents speak only English, while 7.43% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.76% of the population.

Lake Charles Language

Lake Charles Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black35,77811,43231.95%
White33,0923,86711.69%
Multiple1,75770640.18%
Hispanic2,33060125.79%
Asian1,42240028.13%
Native40315237.72%
Other5465710.44%

22.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.31%

Male Poverty Rate

25.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Charles

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Multiple, with 40.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Other, with 10.44% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.45%.

Lake Charles Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.82%
High School21.80%
Some College13.65%
Bachelors or Greater6.31%

Lake Charles Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed47.87%
Male Unemployed44.49%
Female Employed15.22%
Male Employed8.23%

Lake Charles Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lake Charles Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$42,942$66,125
Families$56,289$82,600
Married Families$84,005$110,581
Non Families$27,526$44,282
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Income by Household Type

Lake Charles Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

35.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.1%

Male Marriage Rate

32.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Lake Charles Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Lake Charles Marital Status

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4,754

Number of Veterans

4,441

Male Veterans

313

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,642
Second Gulf War981
First Gulf War907
Korea307
World War II179

Lake Charles Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,272
35 to 541,082
75+1,063
55 to 64780
18 to 34557

Lake Charles Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,8209.27%
Black1,7936.66%
Hispanic714.04%
2+ Races546.74%
Other Race387.41%
Native American268.44%
Asian231.93%

Lake Charles Veterans by Race

Lake Charles Veterans by Education

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10.43%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.01%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Charles Veterans by Education

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60.3%

Labor Force Participation

56.5%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Lake Charles Employment by Age

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Lake Charles Employment by Race

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Lake Charles Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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78.62%

Born in Lake Charles

96.60%

Native Born

3.40%

Foreign Born

2.15%

Non Citizen

1.25%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.60% of Lake Charles residents were born in the United States, with 78.62% having been born in Louisiana. 2.15% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Lake Charles Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202178,6561300.17%
202078,5261300.17%
201978,3961300.17%
201878,2666800.88%
201777,5861,1241.47%
201676,4627771.03%
201575,6851,1721.57%
201474,5136270.85%
201373,8862210.30%
201273,6657921.09%
201172,8733420.47%
201072,5317740.11%
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 by Year