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Overview

Introduction to Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles is situated along the banks of the Calcasieu River and is the parish seat of Calcasieu Parish. Its notable port is connected with the Gulf of Mexico by a channel. The city is known as "The festival capital of Louisiana" due to hosting more that one hundred festivals and carnivals. Lake Charles is known for gambling, rhythm and blues music and excellent cuisine. The town serves as the major educational center for the southwest portion of Louisiana. The city is a primary petrochemical refining area and features casino gambling. In 2005 Hurricane Rita caused extensive damage.

History

The first settlers reached the area in the 1760's. In the early days, the major factor for the economy was the timber industry. The city experienced significant growth beginning in 1855 due to the construction of a lumber mill and a schooner dock by Captain Daniel Goos. His schooner was utilized for trading opportunities with ports located in Texas and Mexico.

After the Civil War ended Lake Charles resumed its role as a major lumber provider. Numerous Victorian mansions were constructed from the pine wood produced from the city's mills. The town experienced the destruction of the Great Fire of 1910. When World War II ended the petrochemical refining industry became a significant factor for the economy.

Attractions

  • Central School Arts and Humanities Center
  • Imperial Calcasieu Museum
  • The Children's Museum of Lake Charles
  • Mardi Gras Museum
  • Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra
  • Historic City Hall
  • Bord du Lac Park
  • Lake Charles Civic Center
  • Margaret Place and Shell Beach Drive
  • Louisiana Peace Memorial
  • Artisans Gallery
  • Black Heritage Gallery
  • DeQuincy Railroad Museum & City Park
  • Arts Associates Gallery

Festivals

The Contraband Days festival features Cajun food, activities for families, music and is one of the biggest festivals in the state. The Mardi Gras is also a prominent event. The city hosts a vast number of festivals and celebrations including:

  • International Food and Music Festival
  • Cajun Music and Food Festival
  • Veteran's Day Parade
  • Cal-CA-Chew (Calcasieu) Festival
  • Marshland Festival
  • Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival
  • Celtic Nations Heritage Festival

Activities

The downtown area provides numerous opportunities for dining and enjoying live music and is well known for having a thriving nightlife. Lake Charles is a prominent region for hunting and fishing and features the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Riverboat casinos and horse racing are available. There are numerous locations featuring noteworthy art exhibits. Tourists enjoy visiting the historic Charpentier District which showcases some of the best Victorian architecture in Louisiana. The Lake Charles Boardwalk is located along the lake and is popular for walking and enjoying the views. Sam Houston Jones State Park provides opportunities for camping, fishing and boating.

Demographics

People

Total Population75,194
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+33,822
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married35.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26%
Median Earnings25+$30,320
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,734
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,374

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,396
% Above Poverty Level77.1%
% Below Poverty Level22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone36.2%
Median Gross Rent$789
Median House Value$145,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55.2%
French Except Basque9.4%
Irish5.8%
German5.6%
Canadian4.2%
English4.1%
Italian2.3%
Scottish0.9%
African0.8%
Arab0.5%
Dutch0.4%
Polish0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Greek0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Lake Charles Almanac

CategoryValue
County Calcasieu Parish
Standard Zip Codes70601, 70605, 70607, 70615, 70629, 70611
P.O. Box Zip Codes70602, 70606, 70612, 70616
Company Zip Codes70609
Phone Area Codes337
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.21
Approximate Longitude-93.2

Lake Charles Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationLAKE CHARLES AP
Distance7.7 miles
Jan Temp41 to 61 F
Apr Temp57 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp59 to 81 F
Annual Precip57.1 inches
StationDE QUINCY
Distance20.7 miles
Jan Temp37 to 59 F
Apr Temp54 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip61 inches
StationHACKBERRY 8 SSW
Distance26.6 miles
Jan Temp43 to 59 F
Apr Temp61 to 76 F
Jul Temp76 to 90 F
Oct Temp62 to 79 F
Annual Precip59.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
DeQuincy3,145$56,552
Fenton365$30,625
Iowa3,218$45,833
Sulphur20,237$60,149
Vinton3,372$46,702
Westlake4,592$64,938

Lake Charles Public Libraries

Calcasieu Parish Library
301 WEST CLAUDE STREET
Lake Charles, Louisiana
(337) 721-7147

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Lake Charles Hospitals

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
1701 Oak Park Blvd
(337) 494-3000
Oceans Behavioral Hospital Of Lake Charles
(Proprietary)
302 W Mcneese St
(337) 474-7581
Christus St. Patrick Hospital Of Lake Charles
(Non-profit)
524 South Ryan Street
(337) 436-2511
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital For Women
(Proprietary)
1900 W Gauthier Rd
(337) 480-7010
Lake Area Medical Center
4200 Nelson Road
(337) 474-6370
Extended Care Of Southwest Louisiana
2837 Ernest Street
(337) 480-8990

Lake Charles Public Schools

Barbe Elementary School
400 Penn Street
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4660
Primary
Total Enrollment 336
Combre/fondel Elementary School
2115 Fitzenrieter Rd.
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4890
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
Jessie D. Clifton Elementary School
100 N Prater St
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4420
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
John J. Johnson Ii Elementary School
1618 Mill Street
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
Oak Park Elementary School
2001 18th Street
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Oak Park Middle School
2200 Oak Park Blvd
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4830
Middle
Total Enrollment 486
Pearl Watson Elementary School
1300 5th Street
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4860
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Ralph F. Wilson Elementary School
1400 Opelousas Street
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4750
Primary
Total Enrollment 200
Ray D. Molo Middle Magnet School
2300 Medora
ZIP: 70601
(318) 217-4710
Middle
Total Enrollment 385
Reynaud Middle School
745 S Shattuck
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4800
T. H. Watkins Elementary School
2501 Seventh Avenue
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4590
Primary
Total Enrollment 254
T. S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School
2711 Common Street
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4680
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Washington/marion Magnet High School
2802 Pineview Street
ZIP: 70601
(337) 217-4540
High
Total Enrollment 695
A. A. Nelson Elementary School
1001 Country Club Road
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4790
Primary
Total Enrollment 697
Alfred M. Barbe High School
2200 West Mcneese
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4460
High
Total Enrollment 1967
College Oaks Elementary School
3618 Ernest Street
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4560
Primary
Total Enrollment 332
Dolby Elementary School
817 Jefferson Drive
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4730
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Lagrange High School
3420 Louisiana Ave
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4960
High
Total Enrollment 1052
Prien Lake Elementary School
3741 Nelson Road
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4910
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
S. J. Welsh Middle School
1500 W Mcneese
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4410
Middle
Total Enrollment 1193
St. John Elementary School
5566 Elliott Road
ZIP: 70605
(337) 217-4870
Primary
Total Enrollment 881
Brentwood Elementary School
3825 Brentwood Avenue
ZIP: 70607
(337) 217-4610
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
F. K. White Middle School
1000 E Mcneese
ZIP: 70607
(337) 217-4810
Middle
Total Enrollment 563
Fairview Elementary School
3955 Gerstner Mem. Drive
ZIP: 70607
(337) 217-4490
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Grand Lake High School
1039 Hwy 384 Grand Lake
ZIP: 70607
(337) 905-2231
Other
Total Enrollment 740
Henry Heights Elementary School
3600 Louisiana Avenue
ZIP: 70607
(337) 217-4620
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Lake Charles Charter Academy
3160 Power Center Parkway
ZIP: 70607
(504) 919-1040
Primary
Total Enrollment 860
Lake Charles College Prep
2750 Power Centre Parkway
ZIP: 70607
(337) 475-7900
Other
Total Enrollment 103
M. J. Kaufman Elementary School
301 Tekel Road
ZIP: 70607
(337) 217-4740
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Southwest Louisiana Charter School
1700 East Mcneese Street
ZIP: 70607
(504) 919-1040
Primary
Total Enrollment 864
Gillis Elementary School
916 Topsy Road
ZIP: 70611
(337) 217-4550
Primary
Total Enrollment 785
Moss Bluff Elementary School
215 School Street
ZIP: 70611
(337) 217-4640
Primary
Total Enrollment 952
Moss Bluff Middle School
1104 Recreation Blvd
ZIP: 70611
(337) 217-4570
Middle
Total Enrollment 910
Sam Houston High School
880 S H Jones Parkway
ZIP: 70611
(337) 217-4480
High
Total Enrollment 1223
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
2001 Russell Street
ZIP: 70615
(337) 217-4760
Primary
Total Enrollment 180
Lebleu Settlement Elementary School
6509 Hwy 3059
ZIP: 70615
(337) 217-4880
Primary
Total Enrollment 454

Lake Charles Private Schools

Eternity Christian Academy
933 1/2 N Shattuck St
ZIP: 70601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 39
Hamilton Christian Academy
1415 8th St
ZIP: 70601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 262
Sacred Heart / Saint Katharine Drexel School
1100 Mill St
ZIP: 70601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
St Louis Catholic High School
1620 Bank St
ZIP: 70601
Secondary
Total Enrollment 626
St Margaret Catholic School
2510 Enterprise Blvd
ZIP: 70601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 235
Our Lady Queen Of Heaven School
3908 Creole St
ZIP: 70605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 630
St Theodores Holy Family Catholic School
785 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy
ZIP: 70611
Elementary
Total Enrollment 104
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