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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 75,194. 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
$145,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$789
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse 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
    564.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    58
    40.7
  • Robbery
    188
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    2,364.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,840.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    333.6
    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
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Lake Charles

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,910
National
$55,322
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Lake Charles Reviews

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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.
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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.
Secure, friendly place, excellent to raise a family. The Public Schools are very challenging and gives your child all that they need, (academic and sport). My other son study at McNeese State University, which is between the best 10 of engineering.
This is a religious city, where you can practice your faith without any problem. The cost of housing is a little high, due to the power plants expansion and the new developments, but the salaries are high too.
It has a lot of work with and without studies.
People are very friendly and helpful. We came displace Hurricane Maria and they made us feel like home. Definitively we will make Lake Charles our home.