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Lake Charles, Louisiana

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The location of Lake Charles

Welcome to Lake Charles ...

The city of Lake Charles is located in Calcasieu Parish and is the Parish Seat for Calcasieu Parish.

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>.

Community   2017
Bell City   [Map]   ---   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
Carlyss   [Map]   ---   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
Edgerly   [Map]   ---   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Hackberry   [Map]   ---   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Hayes   [Map]   ---   E   18 miles [29 km]
Iowa   [Map]   3,279   E   12 miles [19.3 km]

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.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lake Charles. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lake Charles. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Charles. Our list includes 30 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Lake Charles:

Websites for Lake Charles ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

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 ...

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About Calcasieu Parish

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lake Charles:

The official website for Calcasieu Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lake Charles.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lake Charles - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Lake Charles). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lake Charles or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Lake Charles includes: 70601, 70605, 70606, 70609, 70611, 70615 & 70616.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lake Charles) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lake Charles. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lake Charles

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Charles. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2035, Longitude: -93.2145     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lake Charles have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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