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Lake Charles, LA

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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.

Apartments in Lake Charles LA


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Baths: 1-2


$2400 One bedroom in Lake Charles-624 12 Ford
Beds: 1
Baths: 3


$2440 Two bedroom in Lake Charles-622 Ford
Beds: 2
Baths: 3

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The Havens of Lake Charles
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The Vistas of Lake Charles
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2


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Baths: 1

Key City Stats

The average age of Lake Charles, LA is
25 to 29
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 8.0%
  • 6.6%
  • 5.6%
  • Female
  • 7.54%
  • 5.63%
  • 5.43%
is average rent in Lake Charles, LA
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 6.6%
  • 7.01%
  • 5.96%
of units are available for rent in Lake Charles
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 1321
  • 324
  • 2459
Getting Around in Lake Charles, LA

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.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
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The average commuter time in Lake Charles is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 1.51%
  • 5.56%
  • 0.43%

Lake Charles Symphony

<p>One of the older cultural aspects of Lake Charles is the Lake Charles Symphony. The symphony was formed in the late 1950s at the local McNeese State University and has played a significant part in the community ever since. The symphony works with local children in the area, helping to teach them classic music. They also play at numerous events throughout the city. Most major performances take place at the Rosa Hart Theatre which holds up to 2,000 patrons.</p>

Prien Lake Mall

<p>The Prien Lake Mall is the largest shopping mall in the city of Lake Charles and it is considered to be a regional shopping mall. The mall is named after one of the principal lakes bordering the city and has been open for over forty years. The mall is home to a number of national chain department stores such as Kohl's, Dillards, J.C. Penny's, and Sears. Other shops inside the mall include the Gap, Bath &amp; Body Works, and American Eagle.</p>

McNeese State University

<p>McNeese State University is the city's largest and most well-known institution of higher learning. It was founded in the late 1930s and has flourished in the region since its inception. The campus itself has over 120 acres and multiple prestigious colleges such as The College of Business, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and the Burton College of Education. The school's athletic department brings in a significant amount of revenue to the institution and the men's basketball team made the NCAA tournament in 2002.</p>