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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Lake Charles is a town in Louisiana with a population of 76,267. Lake Charles is in Calcasieu Parish. Living in Lake Charles offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Lake Charles and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Lake Charles are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$149,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$803
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Lake Charles Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    488.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    70.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    172.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    2,369.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,104
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    377.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Lake Charles

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,538
National
$55,322
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Lake Charles Reviews

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Lake Charles is a great southern small city that is filled with history and charm! The people here are kind and neighborly, the city is not too big and not too small, and there's always local events going on. Lake Charles has several restaurants, a shopping mall, three casinos, and two major event centers. There are rodeos, livestock shows, flea market events, Mardi Gras events, and several expo events year-round. Several parks can be enjoyed as well -- dog parks, suburban parks, and natural parks/conservation wetland areas! The Boardwalk in the downtown area hosts several events throughout the year: fairs, running events, horse carriage rides/tours, boating events, Christmas displays, etc. Lake Charles is a quaint happening little city in SW Louisiana!
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Lake Charles is a relatively small town that offers few opportunities and experiences for residents and visitors. The town may be described as a family-knit relationship as frequently you will hear residents say, "Small world isn't it?". You probably won't be able to have a day's worth of errands without seeing somebody you know here in Lake Charles. Now, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Well it depends on your attitude towards that person! The family environment makes the town feel quite safe. We also offer unique holidays such as Mardi Gras. From throwing beads and candy to experiencing southern foods, Mardi Gras attracts people from all over the nation. While the town offers its benefits, the lack of diversity in the activities is clearly seen by any visitor. I would like to see Lake Charles gain more experiences and activities. Right now, the local "hang out spot" is the 30 store Prien Lake mall. By adding opportunities, Lake Charles may attract more visitors to our town.
Lake Charles is a great place to settle down and have kids. It isn't very exciting, but exciting enough. There isn't a lot of crime and it has some of the best schools in the country! Lake Charles provides plants to work at, suburbs such as Moss Bluff to live in, fun things to do such as escape rooms, bowling alleys, mini golf, and much more!