Lake Charles, Louisiana Population 2022

87,448
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Lake Charles is a city located in Calcasieu Parish Louisiana. Lake Charles has a 2020 population of 87,448. Lake Charles is currently growing at a rate of 1.49% annually and its population has increased by 3.04% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 84,872 in 2010.

The average household income in Lake Charles is $66,125 with a poverty rate of 21.44%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $830 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 Charleswas:

  • Black or African American: 47.93%
  • White: 45.99%
  • Two or more races: 2.74%
  • Asian: 2.35%
  • Other race: 0.82%
  • Native American: 0.17%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Lake Charles, Louisiana is 87,448 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 84,872.

Lake Charles, Louisiana Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Lake Charles Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White35,79245.99%
Black or African American37,30647.93%
American Indian and Alaska Native1350.17%
Asian1,8272.35%
Some Other Race6370.82%
Two or More Races2,1352.74%
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Lake Charles Population by Race

Lake Charles Population Pyramid 2022

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Lake Charles Median Age

35.5


Total

34.3


Male

36.7


Female

Lake Charles Adults

There are 60,112 adults, (12,387 of whom are seniors) in Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

26

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Charles Sex Ratio

Female

40,441

51.96%

Male

37,391

48.04%

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
Married78.9%21.1%
All54.6%45.4%
Male46.1%53.9%
Non Family44.1%55.9%
Female35.6%64.4%

54.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lake Charles Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All33,0932.2754.6
Married11,3883.0878.9
Male1,1923.346.1
Female6,1303.0635.6
Non Family14,3831.2144.1

3.03

Average Family Size

2.27

Average Household Size

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Lake Charles Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,1174.04%
9th to 12th Grade4,1657.95%
High School Graduate15,70529.99%
Some College11,90422.73%
Associates Degree4,7139.00%
Bachelors Degree8,66416.54%
Graduate Degree5,1009.74%
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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
2+ Races1,2631,160648
Asian986854498
White25,01923,5668,991
Hispanic1,9171,529671
Black23,46519,1853,254
Other Race56639332
Native American118106

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.19%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 51.31%.

Lake Charles Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,320$49,765$25,772
Less Than 9th Grade$17,128$21,523$16,321
High School Graduate$27,786$38,899$17,965
Some College$34,339$49,758$25,286
Bachelors Degree$45,597$80,192$36,017
Graduate Degree$58,998$95,333$52,252

$36,320

Average Earnings

$49,765

Average Male

$25,772

Average Female

Lake Charles Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lake Charles Language by Age

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Lake Charles Language

93.20% of Lake Charles residents speak only English, while 6.80% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.28% of the population.

Lake Charles Language

Lake Charles Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black36,20610,85429.98%
Multiple2,04353125.99%
Native1353324.44%
Asian1,78738821.71%
White33,1253,99312.05%
Other52NaN%
Hispanic2,49945718.29%

21.44%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.82%

Male Poverty Rate

23.81%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Charles

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Black, with 29.98% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lake Charles is Hispanic, with 18.29% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.69%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.71%.

Lake Charles Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.38%
High School24.54%
Some College10.43%
Bachelors or Greater6.79%

Lake Charles Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.88%
Male Unemployed44.69%
Female Employed13.15%
Female Unemployed47.10%

Lake Charles Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lake Charles Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$44,785$69,554
Families$59,921$87,357
Married Families$84,571$116,602
Non Families$30,643$45,017
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Income by Household Type

Lake Charles Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.2%

Male Marriage Rate

35.3%

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 55-64, 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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5,011

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,022
First Gulf War975
Vietnam1,651
Korea163
World War II138

Lake Charles Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34578
35 to 541,343
55 to 64855
65 to 741,306
75+929

Lake Charles Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,98910.18%
Black1,9147.02%
Asian261.90%
Other Race335.69%
2+ Races493.61%
Hispanic562.68%

Lake Charles Veterans by Race

Lake Charles Veterans by Education

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12.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.59%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Charles Veterans by Education

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61%

Labor Force Participation

57.2%

Employment Rate

6.1%

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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78.63%

Born in Lake Charles

96.44%

Native Born

3.56%

Foreign Born

2.21%

Non Citizen

1.35%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.44% of Lake Charles residents were born in the United States, with 78.63% having been born in Louisiana. 2.21% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18903,4420.00%
19006,6803,2386.86%
191011,4494,7695.54%
192013,0881,6391.35%
193015,7912,7031.90%
194021,2075,4162.99%
195041,27220,0656.89%
196063,39222,1204.38%
197077,99814,6062.10%
198075,226-2,772-0.36%
199070,580-4,646-0.64%
200071,7571,1770.17%
201071,9932360.03%
201173,2811,2881.79%
201274,5691,2881.76%
201375,8571,2881.73%
201477,1451,2881.70%
201578,4331,2881.67%
201679,7211,2881.64%
201781,0091,2881.62%
201882,2971,2881.59%
201983,5851,2881.57%
202084,8721,2871.54%
202186,1601,2881.52%
202287,4481,2881.49%

Lake Charles Population by Year