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Lake Charles
  • Town in Louisiana

Report Card

grade B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    grade B
  2. Crime & Safety
    grade C
  3. Housing
    grade B minus
  4. Nightlife
    grade B
  5. Good for Families
    grade B
  6. Diversity
    grade A
  7. Jobs
    grade B
  8. Weather
    grade A
  9. Cost of Living
    grade B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    grade C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    grade B
  12. Commute
    grade A minus

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Lake Charles is a town in Louisiana with a population of 77,283. 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.

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Real Estate

Median Home Value
$155,700
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$816
National
$1,062
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
grade C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    339.1
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    14
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    66
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    105.4
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    1,539.4
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    1,863.3
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    289.6
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    national  12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    national  12%

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