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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Welcome to Lake Charles ...
The location of Lake Charles has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>
A typical abbreviation for Lake Charles: Lk. Charles
From the Census Estimates for 2017, Lake Charles has a population of 77,117 people<2> (see below for details).
Lake Charles was established in 1861.
The community of Lake Charles is near sea level<3>.
Time Zone: Lake Charles lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time
The area code for Lake Charles: (337)
The ZIP codes for Lake Charles: 70601-70602, 70605-70607, 70609, 70611-70612, 70615-70616, 70629<4>
Population Details ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Lake Charles had a population of 71,993 people (which is 37.35% of the total population of Calcasieu Parish). This makes Lake Charles the parish's most populous community.
The population of Lake Charles represents 1.59% of the total population of Louisiana (which has 4,533,372 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.
With a 2010 count of 71,993 people, the population of Lake Charles has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 71,757 people).
Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Lake Charles had an population of 77,117 people. This is an increase of 7.12% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.47% since the 2000 Census).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Lake Charles.
Communities near Lake Charles ...
A sample of nearby communities can be found below.
Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Lake Charles and not the distance if driven.<5>.
To learn more about neighboring communities and parishes, please visit the Nearby Page for Lake Charles.
Communities Also Named Lake Charles ...
Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Lake Charles - they are located in Florida, New York and Ontario.
For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lake Charles.
See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...
We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.
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Websites for Lake Charles ...
TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lake Charles ...
Looking for more information about Lake Charles? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.
In addition to the Tourism page for Lake Charles, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lake Charles.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Lake Charles: www.cityoflakecharles.com/
The official website for Calcasieu Parish: www.cppj.net/
The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/
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This page was last modified: 17 Jan 2019