Lake Charles, Louisiana 

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Population

76,070

8% Growth

Unemployment Rate

5.7%

Median Income

$35,830

Avg. Home Price

$162,400

Best Places to Live in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Small industrial city - Southwest Louisiana, 30 miles west of Texas border
Pros
-Cost of living
-Recent job growth
-Entertainment
Cons
-Hurricane dislocation
-Low educational attainment
-Hot, humid summers

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What Bert Has To Say About Lake Charles Metro Area

Lake Charles is a deepwater port and center for the lumber and petrochemical industries, and suffered considerable damage in the 2005 Hurricane Rita. Prior to the storm, the city had a mostly industrial small-town feel with some historic areas, including the Victorian-era Charpentier District and a nice boardwalk area. Some casinos had arrived on the waterfront, including the large L’Auberge du Lac resort and casino.


QUICK FACTS

Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Country: United States
State: Louisiana
County: Calcasieu County
Metro Area: Lake Charles Metro Area
City: Lake Charles
Zip Codes: 70605 70601 70607 70615
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 9 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Lake Charles is 5.7% (U.S. avg. is 5.2%). Recent job growth is Positive. Lake Charles jobs have increased by 4.53%. Learn More...
COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Lake Charles's cost of living is 8.10% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Lake Charles's Cost of Living
POPULATION
Lake Charles's population is 76,070 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 7.78%. Learn More...
TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Lake Charles is $162,400. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 31.99%. Check out the homes in the area.
SCHOOLS
Lake Charles public schools spend $10,638 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 13.8 students per teacher in Lake Charles. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Lake Charles

It's a good time to buy in Lake Charles. Home Appreciation is up 2.6% in the last 12 months. Browse Lake Charles Real Estate.

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Reviews for Lake Charles    24 Reviews
as a single white female - 1/28/2016
I've lived in this area for nine years. This is a very expensive place to live if you want to live by yourself. "The Plants" (all the refineries in the nearby area) with... (Read More)

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The Lake Charles I Know - 12/22/2014
I grew up in Lake Charles, and have basically lived and/or worked in every part of the city....first north near old Marion High School, then on the south east side and... (Read More)

I grew up in Lake Charles. - 5/21/2014
I spent the first 24 years of my life in Lake Charles, so it's my hometown, though I no longer have a reason to return. I lived at a single address in the middle of the... (Read More)


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ZIP CODES IN LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA
70605 70601 70607 70615