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 78,396 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Lake Charles is the sixth largest community in Louisiana.
Unlike some cities, Lake Charles isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lake Charles are a mix 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 sales jobs (11.82%), office and administrative support (10.74%), and food service (9.25%).
Another interesting thing about Lake Charles, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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 17.55 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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: 27.20% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lake Charles in 2018 was $27,137, 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 $108,548 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 Spanish and French.