The city of Lake Charles is the 5th biggest urban area in the state of Louisiana. The city is situated near three bodies of water: Lake Charles, the Calcasieu River, and Prien Lake. Lake Charles is considered one of the state’s educational and cultural hubs and is the home of multiple universities. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 71,993 and the city’s metro area had a population of more than double that number, at nearly 195,000.
Lake Charles is easy to get around because of the city’s planned grid pattern. Interstate roads 10 and 210 serve the city, and then there is the iconic Calcasieu River Bridge that passes over part of Lake Charles and all of the Calcasieu River. The bridge has significant traffic and it is estimated that over 50,000 vehicles use it every day. The city’s public bus system is the Lake Charles Transit and the private options available for busing and rail include Greyhound and Amtrak respectively.