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 77,117 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Lake Charles is the sixth largest community in Louisiana.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lake Charles is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 office and administrative support (12.55%), sales jobs (11.01%), and food service (10.06%).
One of the nice things about Lake Charles is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.71 minutes getting to work every day.
In terms of college education, Lake Charles is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.95% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lake Charles in 2010 was $26,099, 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 $104,396 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 French, Irish, German, French Canadian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Lake Charles is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.