Profile for Lake Charles, Louisiana, LA
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Lake Charles is in Calcasieu Parish.
It is the parish seat.
The community was named for Charles Sallier, settler.
The latitude of Lake Charles is 30.226N. The longitude is -93.217W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 13 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 70,735.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Lake Charles demographic reports
The eye of Hurricane Rita made landfall about 30 miles from here in September 2005. During the peak of the storm, some areas of the city were under 6 feet of water.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 524. The number of murders and homicides was 6. The violent crime rate was 7.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Ted Lyons, baseball player
· Charlie Joiner, football player
· Dominic L. Pudwill Gorie, astronaut
· Lucinda Williams, singer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Black Heritage Festival - March 3, 2007
- Calca-Chew Festival - Sept. 30, 2007
- Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana - Feb. 16-20, 2007
- Contraband Days - May 1-15, 2007
- Celtic Nations Heritage Festival of Louisiana - Oct. 12-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lake Charles web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Performing arts: Lake Charles Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Sam Houston Jones State Park
Lake Charles attractions: Casino
Sports teams: Louisiana Swashbucklers (Intense Football League)
Historic sites and museums: Children's Museum, Imperial Calcasieu Museum
Colleges and universities:
McNeese State University, Delta School of Business and Technology
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 78
Through Lake Charles, Orange, Port Arthur, and Beaumont the presence of oil is palpable: you can smell it.
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Ancestry & family history
6% of Lake Charles residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lake Charles ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lake Charles was $17,922, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Lake Charles residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Lake Charles festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Contraband Days - M
- Calca-Chew Festival - S
- Celtic Nations Heritage Festival of Louisiana - O
- Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana - F
- Black Heritage Festival - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Lake Charles, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $376. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $734.
Libraries in Lake Charles include Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Carnegie Memorial Branch, Epps Memorial Branch, Moss Bluff Branch, Southwest La Genealogical & Historical Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Lake Charles include Lake Charles American Press
TV stations in Lake Charles include KLTL, KPLC, KVHP.
Calcasieu Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lake Charles political report.
The average commute time for Lake Charles workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 17 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lake Charles between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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