Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles: The second most populous city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. It is located on the Calcasieu River in southwestern Louisiana. Lake Charles is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Lake Charles Civic Center and the Lake Charles Museum of Art.


Lake Charles is a city located in the county of Calcasieu Parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its population at the 2010 census was 71,993 and a population density of 619 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 78,433 inhabitants.

The city was created 163 years ago in 1860.

Lake Charles locator map
Location of Lake Charles on Louisiana map.

Quick Facts about Lake Charles

Population : 78,433 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Louisiana (United States)
County : Calcasieu Parish
Phone Area Codes : 337
Area : 116.3 km2
Altitude : 10 feet / 3 meters
Capital city : Lake Charles is capital of Calcasieu Parish
Establishment : January 01, 1861 (163 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 12:46:45 (14th April 2024)
Postal code : 70601
Density : 674 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 8.21% (2010-2020)
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Lake Charles is located at 30°12'47"N 93°12'16"W (30.2130900, -93.2044000).

Lake Charles map

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The population of Lake Charles increased by 8.21% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 71,993 - census
2011 72,873 1.21% estimation process
2012 73,665 1.08% estimation process
2013 73,886 0.3% estimation process
2014 74,513 0.84% estimation process
2015 75,685 1.55% estimation process
2016 76,462 1.02% estimation process
2017 77,586 1.45% estimation process
2018 78,266 0.87% estimation process
2019 78,396 0.17% estimation process
2020 78,433 0.05% estimation process

Lake Charles zip code is 70601. County name: Calcasieu, County fips: 22019

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People born in Lake Charles (126)

People born in Lake Charles, including Animator, art director, storyboard artist and production designer Ralph Eggleston, actor and singer Zachary Levi, football player, running back Matt Forté, .


  • Arsène Pujo (American politician (1861-1939)) he was born in 16/12/1861
  • Lucinda Williams (American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer, songwriter and musician) she was born in 26/01/1953
  • Ted Lyons (American baseball player and coach) he was born in 28/12/1900
  • Chris Ardoin (American musician) he was born in 07/04/1981
  • Michael Ellis DeBakey (American cardiac surgeon) he was born in 07/09/1908
  • Sean Patrick Flanery (American actor) he was born in 11/10/1965
  • Nellie Lutcher (American singer) she was born in 15/10/1912
  • Andre Dubus (Novelist, short story writer, teacher) he was born in 11/08/1936
  • Lynda Benglis (American sculptor) she was born in 25/10/1941
  • Dominic L. Pudwill Gorie (American astronaut) he was born in 02/05/1957
  • Joe Lutcher (American musician) he was born in 23/12/1919
  • Boozoo Chavis (American musician) he was born in 23/10/1930
  • John Wesley (American actor (1947-2019)) he was born in 03/08/1947
  • Doug Lawrence (American jazz saxophonist) he was born in 11/10/1956
  • Earl Nelson (American musician and songwriter) he was born in 08/09/1928
  • Elrey Borge Jeppesen (American aviation pioneer) he was born in 28/01/1907
  • Wayne McLaren (Stuntman, model, actor, rodeo performer) he was born in 12/09/1940
  • Henson Moore (American politician, attorney and businessman) he was born in 04/10/1939

Schools in Lake Charles

College & universities near Lake Charles, LA

Code Name City ZIP
469920 Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles Lake Charles (LA) 70601-7887
158778 Avery James School of Cosmetology Lake Charles (LA) 70601
407151 Stage One-The Hair School Lake Charles (LA) 70605
159717 McNeese State University Lake Charles (LA) 70605
160579 SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles (LA) 70615

Stations (3)

Amtrak & bus stations near Lake Charles, LA

Code Name Address Type
LCH Lake Charles 100 Ryan Street RAIL
BMT Beaumont 2555 W. Cedar Street RAIL
LFT Lafayette 133 East Grant St. RAIL

Post offices near Lake Charles

Post Office Name City ZIP
Lake Charl Post Office Lake Charles (LA) 70601
Eastsid Post Office Lake Charles (LA) 70615
Drew Post Office Lake Charles (LA) 70605
Westlak Post Office Westlake (LA) 70669
Moss Blu Post Office Lake Charles (LA) 70611

Other cities in Calcasieu Parish

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Calcasieu Parish , LA.

City Name Population Title
Sulphur 20,120 Suburb city of Lake Charles, located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States
Moss Bluff 11,557 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Prien 7,810 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Westlake 4,873 Human settlement in Louisiana, United States of America
Carlyss 4,670 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Vinton 3,211 Town in Louisiana
Iowa 3,109 Town in Louisiana, United States
DeQuincy 3,009 City in Louisiana, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Lake Charles distances to largest Louisiana cities