Lake Charles, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
209,821
0.61% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
36.4
0.275% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
16.5%
3.2% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$52,986
3.5% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$159,600
2.57% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
93,397
0.308% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Lake Charles, LA had a population of 210k people with a median age of 36.4 and a median household income of $52,986. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Lake Charles, LA grew from 208,549 to 209,821, a 0.61% increase and its median household income grew from $51,196 to $52,986, a 3.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lake Charles, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (24.3%), White (Hispanic) (2.48%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.33%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.45%).

None of the households in Lake Charles, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Lake Charles, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lake Charles, LA are SOWELA Technical Community College (2,068 degrees awarded in 2020), McNeese State University (1,422 degrees), and Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles (69 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Lake Charles, LA was $159,600, and the homeownership rate was 69.2%.

Most people in Lake Charles, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Lake Charles, LA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Lake Charles, LA is home to a population of 210k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.84% of Lake Charles, LA residents were born outside of the country (5.96k people).

In 2020, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Lake Charles, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.21k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.3%
2020 Citizenship
98.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.3% of Lake Charles, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Lake Charles, LA was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lake Charles, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    142k ± 279
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    51k ± 633
  3. White (Hispanic)
    5.21k ± 738
3.86%
Hispanic Population
8.09k people

In 2020, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Lake Charles, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.21k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.86% of the people in Lake Charles, LA are hispanic (8.09k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lake Charles, LA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for Louisiana.
Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    32,181 ± 4,389 people
  2. Mexico
    26,555 ± 3,989 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,801 ± 3,360 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 32,181 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 26,555 and Vietnam with 18,801.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.84%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
5.96k people
2.75%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
5.74k people

As of 2020, 2.84% of Lake Charles, LA residents (5.96k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lake Charles, LA was 2.75%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,495 ± 564
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,551 ± 528
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,879 ± 375

Lake Charles, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Lake Charles, LA employs 93.4k people. The largest industries in Lake Charles, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,738 people), Construction (11,699 people), and Retail Trade (10,257 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($82,778), Manufacturing ($81,651), and Transportation & Warehousing ($65,293).

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.53 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,885. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

93.4k
2020 Value
± 3,031
0.308%
1 Year growth
± 4.21%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lake Charles, LA grew at a rate of 0.308%, from 93.1k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lake Charles, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,200 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (9,629 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,102 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lake Charles, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

93.4k
2020 Value
± 3,031
0.308%
1 Year growth
± 4.21%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lake Charles, LA grew at a rate of 0.308%, from 93.1k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lake Charles, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,738 people), Construction (11,699 people), and Retail Trade (10,257 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lake Charles, LA, though some of these residents may live in Lake Charles, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$50,767
Median earning men ± $1,511
$26,274
Median earning women ± $1,096

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Manufacturing ($85,278), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,258), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,792).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Manufacturing ($47,500), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,858), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,068).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,909
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,338
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 973
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $3.69M
    Manufacturing
  2. $1.54M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $595k
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $49.3B
  2. $48.1B
  3. $37.7B

In 2020, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $49.3B, followed by Fuel oils ($48.1B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($37.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$380B
2020 Value in Louisiana
$689B
Projected 2050 Value in Louisiana
81% growth

In 2020, total outbound Louisiana trade was $380B. This is expected to increase 81% to $689B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $43.9B
  2. $24.1B
  3. $7.47B

In 2020, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $43.9B, followed by Mississippi with $24.1B and Illinois and $7.47B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Lake Charles, LA awarded 3,646 degrees. The student population of Lake Charles, LA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 4,180 male students and 6,140 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lake Charles, LA are White (2,538 and 72.7%), followed by Black or African American (650 and 18.6%), Two or More Races (108 and 3.09%), and Hispanic or Latino (107 and 3.06%).

The largest universities in Lake Charles, LA by number of degrees awarded are SOWELA Technical Community College (2,068 and 56.7%), McNeese State University (1,422 and 39%), and Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles (69 and 1.89%).

The most popular majors in Lake Charles, LA are General Studies (481 and 13.2%), Other Industrial Production Technology (375 and 10.3%), and Instrumentation Technology (249 and 6.83%).

The median tuition cost in Lake Charles, LA for a public four year colleges is $5,147 for in-state students and $13,185 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Lake Charles, LA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 63.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 55.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 10,320 (40.5% men and 59.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 10,320 students enrolled in Lake Charles, LA, 40.5% men and 59.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 6,899 records, of which 58.7% were women and 41.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 104 degree-majors awarded
  2. 124 degree-majors awarded
  3. 105 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lake Charles, LA was General Business Administration & Management with 104 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lake Charles, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,068 degrees awarded
  2. 1,422 degrees awarded
  3. 69 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was SOWELA Technical Community College with 2,068 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 1,771 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lake Charles, LA, which is 0.945 times less than the 1,875 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,538 degrees mean that there were 3.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 650 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,147) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,235) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.829% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.761% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.21M), Some college (825k), and Secondary Education (634k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Lake Charles, LA was $159,600 in 2020, which is 0.695 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $155,600 to $159,600, a 2.57% increase. The homeownership rate in Lake Charles, LA is 69.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Lake Charles, LA have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lake Charles, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lake Charles, LA is $52,986. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Lake Charles, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $82,594, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $70,730 and $68,113.

Property

$159,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,846
$56,280
Median Property Taxes
±$2,265

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lake Charles, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lake Charles, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

69.2%
Homeownership
2020
66.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 69.2% of the housing units in Lake Charles, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68%.

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Income by Location

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In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lake Charles, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $82,594, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $70,730 and $68,113.

The following map shows all of the counties in Lake Charles, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$52,986
Median Household Income
± $2,216
80k
Number of Households
± 2,149

In 2020, the median household income of the 80k households in Lake Charles, LA grew to $52,986 from the previous year's value of $51,196.

The following chart displays the households in Lake Charles, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lake Charles, LA is from Louisiana.
0.465
2020 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2019 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2020, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.465 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.341% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (85.5%)
  2. Carpooled (8.52%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.96%)

In 2020, 85.5% of workers in Lake Charles, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.52%) and those who worked at home (2.96%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lake Charles, LA have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.61% of the workforce in Lake Charles, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lake Charles, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lake Charles, LA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lake Charles, LA (34.1k out of 207k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lake Charles, LA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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92.1% of the population of Lake Charles, LA has health coverage, with 45.2% on employee plans, 22.4% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.59% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Louisiana was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1466 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.01% decrease from the previous year (1496 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1778 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 329 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Louisiana, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,466 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,466 patients per year. This represents a 2.01% decrease from the previous year (1,496 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Louisiana across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.2% under 18 years, 22% between 18 and 34 years, 37.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.6% were men and 52.4% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

7.91%
Uninsured
45.2%
Employer Coverage
22.4%
Medicaid
11.4%
Medicare
11.5%
Non-Group
1.59%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lake Charles, LA declined by 13.8% from 9.18% to 7.91%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lake Charles, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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