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
- 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.