Lake Charles, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
216,217
0.952% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37
1.09% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17%
5.41% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$64,764
8.25% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$195,600
14.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
94,571
1.9% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Lake Charles, LA had a population of 216k people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $64,764. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lake Charles, LA declined from 218,296 to 216,217, a −0.952% decrease and its median household income grew from $59,828 to $64,764, a 8.25% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lake Charles, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (24%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.9%), White (Hispanic) (1.77%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.52%).

None of the households in Lake Charles, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Lake Charles, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lake Charles, LA are SOWELA Technical Community College (1,988 degrees awarded in 2022) and McNeese State University (1,303 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Lake Charles, LA was $195,600, and the homeownership rate was 71.3%.

Most people in Lake Charles, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Lake Charles, LA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Lake Charles, LA is home to a population of 216k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.04% of Lake Charles, LA residents were born outside of the country (6.57k people).

In 2022, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (144k people) in Lake Charles, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Lake Charles, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lake Charles, LA was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lake Charles, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    144k ± 675
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    51.8k ± 940
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    6.27k ± 1.04k
4.18%
Hispanic Population
9.04k people

In 2022, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (144k people) in Lake Charles, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.18% of the people in Lake Charles, LA are hispanic (9.04k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lake Charles, LA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    36,279 ± 4,658 people
  2. Mexico
    23,092 ± 3,722 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,064 ± 3,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 36,279 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 23,092 and Vietnam with 18,064.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.04%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.57k people
3.35%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
7.32k people

As of 2022, 3.04% of Lake Charles, LA residents (6.57k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lake Charles, LA was 3.35%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,926 ± 464
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,153 ± 675
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,242 ± 467

Lake Charles, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lake Charles, LA employs 94.6k people. The largest industries in Lake Charles, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,805 people), Construction (11,290 people), and Retail Trade (10,827 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($101,310), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($92,401), and Transportation & Warehousing ($69,130).

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.52 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,789. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

94.6k
2022 Value
± 3,161
−1.9%
1 Year decline
± 4.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lake Charles, LA declined at a rate of −1.9%, from 96.4k employees to 94.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lake Charles, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,844 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,302 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (8,953 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lake Charles, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

94.6k
2022 Value
± 3,161
−1.9%
1 Year decline
± 4.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lake Charles, LA declined at a rate of −1.9%, from 96.4k employees to 94.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lake Charles, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,805 people), Construction (11,290 people), and Retail Trade (10,827 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lake Charles, LA, though some of these residents may live in Lake Charles, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,095
Median earning men ± $3,109
$28,590
Median earning women ± $1,188

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($111,835), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,460), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($71,538).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($52,986), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,385), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,653).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,909
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,338
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 973
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.01%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Lake Charles, LA awarded 3,341 degrees. The student population of Lake Charles, LA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 3,909 male students and 5,723 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lake Charles, LA are White (2,339 and 72.5%), followed by Black or African American (576 and 17.8%), Two or More Races (120 and 3.72%), and Hispanic or Latino (108 and 3.35%).

The largest universities in Lake Charles, LA by number of degrees awarded are SOWELA Technical Community College (1,988 and 59.5%) and McNeese State University (1,303 and 39%).

The most popular majors in Lake Charles, LA are General Studies (381 and 11.4%), Other Industrial Production Technology (315 and 9.43%), and Instrumentation Technology (254 and 7.6%).

The median tuition cost in Lake Charles, LA for a public four year colleges is $5,147 for in-state students and $7,203 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Lake Charles, LA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 71.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 41.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 9,632 (40.6% men and 59.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 9,632 students enrolled in Lake Charles, LA, 40.6% men and 59.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 6,315 records, of which 57.9% were women and 42.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 90 degrees awarded
  2. 134 degrees awarded
  3. 106 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lake Charles, LA was General Business Administration & Management with 90 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lake Charles, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,988 degrees awarded
  2. 1,303 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was SOWELA Technical Community College with 1,988 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,560 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lake Charles, LA, which is 0.876 times less than the 1,781 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,339 degrees mean that there were 4.06 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 576 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,147) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,293) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lake Charles, LA was $195,600 in 2022, which is 0.694 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $170,900 to $195,600, a 14.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Lake Charles, LA is 71.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lake Charles, LA have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lake Charles, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lake Charles, LA is $64,764. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Lake Charles, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

Property

$195,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,567
$56,345
Median Property Taxes
±$2,132

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lake Charles, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.3%
Homeownership
2022
67.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71.3% of the housing units in Lake Charles, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.9%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lake Charles, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

The following map shows all of the counties in Lake Charles, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$64,764
Median Household Income
± $3,039
79k
Number of Households
± 2,735

In 2022, the median household income of the 79k households in Lake Charles, LA grew to $64,764 from the previous year's value of $59,828.

The following chart displays the households in Lake Charles, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lake Charles, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (9.79%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.52%)

In 2022, 82.4% of workers in Lake Charles, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.79%) and those who worked at home (4.52%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lake Charles, LA have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.66% of the workforce in Lake Charles, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lake Charles, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lake Charles, LA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lake Charles, LA (36.2k out of 213k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lake Charles, LA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.3% of the population of Lake Charles, LA has health coverage, with 43.1% on employee plans, 24.3% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.2% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1434 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1466 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1759 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 305 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,434 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,434 patients per year. This represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1,466 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26% under 18 years, 21.5% between 18 and 34 years, 37.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.75%
Uninsured
43.1%
Employer Coverage
24.3%
Medicaid
11.7%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
1.2%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lake Charles, LA declined by 0.268% from 7.77% to 7.75%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lake Charles, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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