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1.15% growth
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1.94% growth
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2.74% growth
Median Property Value
2.58% growth


The economy of Lake Charles, LA employs 34,076 people. The economy of Lake Charles, LA is specialized in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; and Accommodation & Food Service, which employ respectively 3.32; 2.07; and 1.36 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Lake Charles, LA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (6,018), Retail trade (4,730), and Accommodation & Food Service (3,729), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($48,854), Utilities ($46,250), and Transportation & Warehousing ($43,405).

Median household income in Lake Charles, LA is $37,465. Males in Lake Charles, LA have an average income that is 1.78 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,100. The income inequality of Lake Charles, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5 which is higher than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Lake Charles, LA. In Calcasieu Parish, LA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 67 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,300. Orleans Parish, LA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Louisiana.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Lake Charles, LA is from the county of Calcasieu Parish, LA.

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Lake Charles, LA is home to a population of 75,044 people, from which 98% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Lake Charles, LA is composed of 36,340 Black residents (48.4%), 32,086 White residents (42.8%), 2,823 Hispanic residents (3.76%), 1,709 Two+ residents (2.28%), and 1,505 Asian residents (2.01%). The most common foreign languages in Lake Charles, LA are French (1,974 speakers), Spanish (1,905 speakers), and Other Indic (483 speakers), but compared to other places, Lake Charles, LA has a relative high number of French (1,974 speakers), Other Indic (483 speakers), and Other Indo-European (168 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Lake Charles, LA awarded 3,936 degrees. The student population of Lake Charles, LA is skewed towards females, with 1,887 male students and 2,049 female students. Most students in Lake Charles, LA are White (2,778 and 70.6%), followed by Black or African American (764 and 19.4%), Unknown (98 and 2.49%), and Hispanic or Latino (68 and 1.73%). The largest universities in Lake Charles, LA by number of graduates are SOWELA Technical Community College (2,170 and 55.1%), McNeese State University (1,484 and 37.7%), and Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles (122 and 3.1%). The most popular majors in Lake Charles, LA are General Studies (139 and 3.53%), Registered Nursing (139 and 3.53%), and General Engineering (67 and 1.7%). The median tuition costs in Lake Charles, LA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,147 and $16,222 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lake Charles, LA is $135,000, which is 0.66 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $131,600 to $135,000, a 2.58% increase. The homeownership rate of Lake Charles, LA is 51.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Lake Charles, LA have an average commute time of 17.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lake Charles, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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