Lake Charles, LA
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Lake Charles is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 76,070 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Lake Charles is the sixth largest community in Louisiana.

Lake Charles is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lake Charles is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake Charles who work in sales jobs (11.69%), office and administrative support (11.17%), and food service (9.65%).

Lake Charles is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lake Charles spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.99 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Lake Charles citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.35% of adults in Lake Charles have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Lake Charles in 2010 was $23,932, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,728 for a family of four. However, Lake Charles contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lake Charles is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lake Charles home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lake Charles residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Lake Charles include German, Irish, English, and French Canadian.

The most common language spoken in Lake Charles is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.