Lake Charles, LA


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Lake Charles, LA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q2 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Lake Charles Housing Market Information

With 76,070 people, 30,141 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $123,197, house prices in Lake Charles are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Lake Charles, accounting for 69.22% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Lake Charles include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 17.21%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 10.03%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 1.83%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Lake Charles are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 49.99% owning and 50.01% renting.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Lake Charles's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 41.02% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Lake Charles include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 35.42%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 17.37%). There's also some housing in Lake Charles built before 1939 ( 6.20%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Lake Charles. Fully 12.76% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Lake Charles homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Lake Charles real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Lake Charles Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Lake Charles has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Lake Charles real estate appreciated 22.95% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 2.09%, putting Lake Charles in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Lake Charles definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Over the last year, Lake Charles appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Lake Charles's appreciation rate has been 2.63%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Lake Charles were at 1.17%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 4.75%.

Relative to Louisiana, our data show that Lake Charles's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% of the other cities and towns in Louisiana.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Lake Charles differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Lake Charles - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Lake Charles real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Lake Charles, LA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,172,000 0.3
$879,001 - $1,172,000 0.3
$586,001 - $879,000 1.6
$469,001 - $586,000 1.6
$352,001 - $469,000 4.9
$234,001 - $352,000 11.8
$117,001 - $234,000 33.8
$59,001 - $117,000 33.4
$0 - $59,000 12.4

Average for LA
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
64.7754552374261 42.5087108013937

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Lake Charles Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q1 - 2017 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q2
67.74% 3.00% 7 8
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,007 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 49.99
Renters 50.01
Vacant 12.76

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Lake Charles HOMES
2000 or Newer 17.4
1970 - 1999 35.4
1940 - 1969 41.0
1939 or Older 6.2

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Lake Charles HOMES
Single-Family 69.2
Townhomes 1.8
Small Apt. Buildings 10.0
Apt. Complexes 17.2
Mobile Homes 1.7
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Lake Charles HOMES
No Bedroom 1.88
1 Bedroom 10.81
2 Bedrooms 30.04
3 Bedrooms 43.98
4 Bedrooms 11.86
5 or more bedrooms 1.42