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 76,848 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 sales jobs (11.91%), office and administrative support (11.39%), and food service (10.16%).
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.
One of the benefits of Lake Charles is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.28 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Lake Charles has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Lake Charles has quite a high level of public transit users. Lake Charles’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The citizens of Lake Charles are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.25% of adults in Lake Charles having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lake Charles in 2010 was $24,349, 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 $97,396 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 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.