Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles is the most populous city in the southwest Louisiana. it is the second most populous city in the Acadiana (after Lafayette). It is the fifth most populous city in the U.S. state of Louisiana (after New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lafayette). The actual population is almost 72,000. The city was founded as Charleston, March 7, 1861. The name was changed to Lake Charles on March 16, 1867. The city was founded by and named for Charles Sallier.

City of Lake Charles
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Coordinates: 30°12′53″N 93°12′31″W / 30.21472°N 93.20861°W / 30.21472; -93.20861Coordinates: 30°12′53″N 93°12′31″W / 30.21472°N 93.20861°W / 30.21472; -93.20861
Country United States
State Louisiana
ParishCalcasieu
FoundedMarch 7, 1861; 162 years ago (1861-03-07) as Charleston
RenamedMarch 16, 1867; 156 years ago (1867-03-16) as Lake Charles
Founded byCharles Sallier
Named forCharles Sallier
Government
 • MayorNicholas E. "Nic" Hunter (R)
 • City Council[1]
Area
 • City44.8 sq mi (116 km2)
 • Land42.1 sq mi (109 km2)
 • Water2.7 sq mi (7 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City84,872
 • Estimate 
(2022)
87,448
 • RankCA: 1st
LA: 5th
 • Density1,855.98/sq mi (716.59/km2)
 • Urban
132,977
 • Metro
210,409
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CST)
ZIP Codes
70601, 70602, 70605, 70606, 70607, 70609, 70615, 70616, 70629
Primary airportLake Charles Regional Airport
InterstatesI-10.svg I-210.svg
U.S. RouteUS 90.svg US 171.svg
WaterwaysCalcasieu River
Websitewww.cityoflakecharles.com

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References

  1. "City of Lake Charles". Cityoflakecharles.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.