Lake Charles, LA Demographics

The total population of Lake Charles is estimated to be 82,430 with 40,423 males (49.04%) and 42,007 females (50.96%). There are 1,584 more females than males in Lake Charles.
The median household income in Lake Charles was $53,952 in 2021, which marked an an increase of 3,204(6.31%) from $50,748 in 2020. This income is 72.32% of the U.S. median household income of $74,606 (all incomes in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars).
Per the latest American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, Lake Charles sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of 25 to 44 years old, at $66,209. Overall, the median household income for the city of Lake Charles stands at $56,666.
In Lake Charles, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $38,697 for males and $26,309 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $51,218 for males and $47,993 for females.
In Lake Charles, there are just three different racial groups among households. Among these, Two or More Races households report a median household income of $72,880, followed by White households at $69,183, and Black or African American households with a median household income of $35,292.
In 2022, the population of Lake Charles was 79,113, a 1.75% decrease year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, Lake Charles's population was 80,521, a decline of 5.13% compared to a population of 84,873 in 2020.
The median age in Lake Charles, LA is 35.6, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 19.26% were under the age of 15, 22.15% aged 15 to 29, 42.95% aged 30 to 64, 13.60% aged 65 to 84, and 2.04% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of Lake Charles population: 46.88% are White, 46.23% are Black or African American, 0.19% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.27% are Asian, 0.83% are some other race and 3.60% are multiracial.