This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Lake Charles has a very low population density. Lake Charles is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Lake Charles, LA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 9/10 and an overall value of 7/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Lake Charles has a population density of 1,730, with 69,485 current residents.
Out of the 69,485 current residents, 47% are male and 52% are female. 51% of the residents are married and 48% are single.
- 58% Sun
- 57% Rain
- 0% Snow
67°F average temperature
- 41 years Median home age
- $72,670 Median home price
- 1.21% Home appreciation rate
- 2.47% Annual property tax
As for living in Lake Charles, the air quality is 46% and the weather, on average, is 58% sunny, 57% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 67°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Lake Charles, you should know that 50.3% of homes are owned while 37.1% of homes are rented, and 12.7% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $72,670, the median age of homes is 41 years, the annual home appreciation is 1.21% and the annual property tax is 2.47%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)5
When looking at the community of Lake Charles, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Lake Charles’s crime rate is 5 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Lake Charles is 36 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 36.82% Democratic, 61.43% Republican, and 1.75% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:15
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
75%High school diploma
4%Some college or associates degree
8%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Lake Charles, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 6.40% of residents are unemployed in Lake Charles (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Lake Charles residents: 9.3% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 20.28% are in the arts and sciences field, 22.1% are in the customer service field, 26.6% are in the sales field, 0.08% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 10% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 11.6% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:15. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 75.23%, 3.78% of residents have an associate’s degree, 13.08% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 7.67% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Lake Charles, you should be aware that the average commute time is 18 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26.5 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Lake Charles have a few different options. 81% of commuters use their own cars, 13% of commuters carpool, 1% of commuters use the transit system, and 2% of residents work from home.