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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
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Lake Charles is a town in Louisiana with a population of 75,044. Lake Charles is in Calcasieu Parish. Living in Lake Charles offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lake Charles there are a lot of parks. 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
$135,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$755
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Lake Charles Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    564
    283
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    58
    41
  • Robbery
    188
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    2,365
    500
  • Theft
    1,840
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    334
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,465
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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Lake Charles Reviews

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The people over here are so friendly. The city is keep very clean! The church community is awesome with many variety. Though we don’t have a huge mall, the shopping isn’t that great. The schools are great and filled with many great teachers and staff.
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I love the Catholic Community here! The schools and athletic programs are great. However, the shopping is terrible, the pollution is bad, and the people are not welcoming.
Lake Charles is a nice sized city with decent number of people for it population. The population is around 77,000. The city offer great service and history for the youth and the community. The overall community is improving and the environment is reaching its highest point. The local schools surrounding and neighborhoods are well diverse and interesting in some local areas. The overall knowledge of Lake Charles is very interesting and outstanding. The city could improve on some local service areas by improving roads, train tracks, stores, parks and other small local details. The city is family friendly and impressive to outsiders viewers.