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All About

Living in Lake Charles, LA

Lake Charles, a town in Louisiana, has a population of just under 75,000. At an average age of just over 38, the city's population ranks around the middle compared to other municipalities in Louisiana, which has an average age of 38. A narrow majority of residents own their homes (55%) as opposed to renting (46%) in Lake Charles. At $818 a month, the average rent is slightly below the state average.

There are three primary industries in Lake Charles: healthcare, entertainment, and retail. Combined, these industries make up 23% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. Lake Charles workers earn an average annual income of just over $58K, about the same as those elsewhere in Louisiana. However, Lake Charles compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Among residents older than 25 in Lake Charles, 11% possess a Bachelor's degree and 5% have a Master's degree or Doctorate.

Lake Charles has an average commute time of about 18 minutes, shorter than the state average of about 25 minutes. Many residents (42%) commute to work by car, while public transit isn't used extensively. Relatively few workers commute on foot.

What Renters Like and Dislike

What Renters Like and Dislike About Lake Charles

It's a dead end street off of a busy road. There are many fast food places. It's walking distance for many..

I don't have any other. I just texted her to tell you what she is golden green chairs. Okay ryu okay hun

I xan watch the sunrise and set very close. They also have a great breakfast spot very close.. we are also close to downtown.

My neighbors are very nice people. Also they are friendly and outgoing and loving all the time it's great.

I like the nice open backyard, the view of a scrapyard that is located on the river plus the bus service that comes by hourly,

I like that it is quite and peaceful too and very zen. Yeah and I love this town so much and yeah. This place place is amazing.

Who Lives Here

Lake Charles Demographics

Education

High School

29%

Associate's

20%

Bachelor's

11%

Master's

4%

Doctorate

36%

Family Size

2 people

49%

3 people

25%

4 people

15%

5 people

8%

6+ people

4%

Household Income

0-50k

56%

50-100k

25%

100-150k

10%

150-200k

4%

200k+

5%

Age

0-10

12%

10-20

13%

20-45

35%

45-65

24%

65+

16%

Affordability

How expensive is it in Lake Charles?

Percentage: 3/53/5

Renters gave this area a 3 out of 5 for affordability

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
Sep '23$625$792$922$1110
Aug '23$600$849$920$1110
Jul '23$637$837$950$1147
Jun '23$637$856$995$1145
May '23$637$850$993$1145
Apr '23$637$862$974$1145
Mar '23$600$834$954$1092
Feb '23$600$772$947$1067
Jan '23$600$795$947$1084
Dec '22$600$795$950$1087
Nov '22$600$815$899$1040
Oct '22$600$834$899$1040
Sep '22$600$892$922$1136

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around Lake Charles

Lake Charles Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

47%

15-30 Mins

42%

30-40 Mins

5%

40-60 Mins

3%

60+ Mins

3%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 3939

Walk Score®

Walkable

No

Say 24 of 27 renters

Has Sidewalks

No

Say 19 of 27 renters

Percentage: 4545

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

No

Say 18 of 27 renters

Top Scores: Grocery, Restaurant, Coffee

Things To Do In Lake Charles

Top Score

Grocery Stores

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The food shops around here are few and far between.

  1. Few grocery stores per resident
  2. 47% fewer grocery stores than average
  3. 33% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Lake Charles serves up a dining scene that's only lukewarm.

  1. Few restaurants per resident
  2. 41% fewer restaurants than average
  3. 23% fewer restaurants than areas of a similar size

Coffee

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The coffee scene is lukewarm in Lake Charles.

  1. Few coffee shops per resident
  2. 65% fewer coffee shops than average
  3. 9% fewer coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You'll need to stock up the mini-bar. Lake Charles is running dry.

  1. Few bars and clubs per resident
  2. 25% fewer bars and clubs than average
  3. 24% fewer bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Parks

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not too many park perks in Lake Charles.

  1. Few parks per resident
  2. 53% more parks than average
  3. 54% more parks than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The retail inventory is low in Lake Charles.

  1. Few shops per resident
  2. 28% fewer shops than average
  3. 44% fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You'll have to workout somewhere else to keep fit.

  1. Few gyms per resident
  2. 15% more gyms than average
  3. 6% fewer gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Lake Charles could do with more oppawtunities for pets.

  1. Few pet facilities per resident
  2. 88% fewer pet facilities than average
  3. 89% fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You gotta Van Gogh somewhere else for art.

  1. Few fine art centers per resident
  2. 26% fewer fine art centers than average
  3. 56% fewer fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

We have a bone to pick with this Lake Charles's access to medical care.

  1. Few medical facilities per resident
  2. 69% fewer medical facilities than average
  3. 58% fewer medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Honk if you see a gas station.

  1. Few gas stations per resident
  2. 24% fewer gas stations than average
  3. 25% more gas stations than areas of a similar size

What Renters Are Saying

Lake Charles Features

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 25 of 27 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 24 of 27 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 22 of 27 renters

Area Has Litter

No

Say 22 of 27 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 21 of 27 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 20 of 27 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 19 of 27 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 19 of 27 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 18 of 27 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 16 of 27 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 14 of 27 renters

Maintained Yards

No

Say 14 of 27 renters

Near Schools

No

Say 15 of 27 renters

Nearby Parks

No

Say 16 of 27 renters

Well Lit

No

Say 17 of 27 renters

Near Highways

No

Say 18 of 27 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 23 of 27 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 23 of 27 renters

Tree Lined Streets

No

Say 23 of 27 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 24 of 27 renters

Lake Charles Education

Schools

Percentage: 3/53/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Lake Charles

3/10

Pearl Watson Elementary School

Grades PK-5 • Public

5/10

Barbe Elementary School

Grades PK-5 • Public

3/10

Ralph Wilson Elementary School

Grades 3-5 • Public

10/10
NRNo Rating

Clifton Elementary School

Grades PK-2 • Public

2/10

Oak Park Elementary School

Grades PK-5 • Public

Information provided by GreatSchools. To verify school enrollment eligibility, contact the school district directly.

All About

Living in Lake Charles, LA

Lake Charles, a town in Louisiana, has a population of just under 75,000. At an average age of just over 38, the city's population ranks around the middle compared to other municipalities in Louisiana, which has an average age of 38. A narrow majority of residents own their homes (55%) as opposed to renting (46%) in Lake Charles. At $818 a month, the average rent is slightly below the state average.

There are three primary industries in Lake Charles: healthcare, entertainment, and retail. Combined, these industries make up 23% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. Lake Charles workers earn an average annual income of just over $58K, about the same as those elsewhere in Louisiana. However, Lake Charles compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Among residents older than 25 in Lake Charles, 11% possess a Bachelor's degree and 5% have a Master's degree or Doctorate.

Lake Charles has an average commute time of about 18 minutes, shorter than the state average of about 25 minutes. Many residents (42%) commute to work by car, while public transit isn't used extensively. Relatively few workers commute on foot.