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Time Zone: Calcasieu Parish lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Lake Charles is the Seat for Calcasieu Parish.

Calcasieu Parish was founded in 1840 and was created by taking area from Saint LandryParish.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Calcasieu had a population of 187,554 people. This is an increase of 2.17% since the last Census (which gave a population of 183,577 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Calcasieu represented 4.11% of the total population of Louisiana, making it the state's 7th most populous parish (out of 64 parishes).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010192,768+5.01%+2.78% since 2009
2009187,554+2.17%+0.9% since 2008
2008185,872+1.25%+0.84% since 2007
2007184,318+0.4% 
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2000183,577The Last Census

More information can be found on the Calcasieu Parish Census Page for Calcasieu Parish.

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Below are some of the communities located in Calcasieu Parish (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Calcasieu Parish):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Lake Charles   71,54271,7570.3% decrease  
Sulphur   19,63520,5124.28% decrease  
Westlake   4,5944,6681.59% decrease  
Vinton   3,3683,3380.9% increase  
DeQuincy   3,2923,3983.12% decrease  

Websites for Calcasieu Parish

Official Website:   www.cppj.net/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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