Lake Charles, LA

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Population

205,559

0.778% growth

Poverty Rate

16.5%


Median Age

36.3


Median Household Income

$48,481

3.07% growth

Number of Employees

93,436

2.33% growth

Median Property Value

$136,700

9.27% growth

About

In 2017, Lake Charles, LA had a population of 206k people with a median age of 36.3 and a median household income of $48,481. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lake Charles, LA grew from 203,972 to 205,559, a 0.778% increase and its median household income grew from $47,039 to $48,481, a 3.07% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lake Charles, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (69%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (23.8%), White (Hispanic) (2.22%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.17%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.32%). N/A% of the people in Lake Charles, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lake Charles, LA are SOWELA Technical Community College (2,584 degrees awarded in 2017), McNeese State University (1,477 degrees), and Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles (113 degrees).

The median property value in Lake Charles, LA is $136,700, and the homeownership rate is 68.3%. Most people in Lake Charles, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Lake Charles, LA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Lake Charles, LA employs 93.4k people. The largest industries in Lake Charles, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,374 people), Retail Trade (10,901 people), and Manufacturing (10,138 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($71,264), Utilities ($64,738), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,384).

Median household income in Lake Charles, LA is $48,481. Males in Lake Charles, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Lake Charles, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,481

2017 value

± $1,310

3.07%

1 Year Growth

± 3.96%

Households in Lake Charles, LA have a median annual income of $48,481, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,039 in 2016, which represents a 3.07% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.55 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lake Charles, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lake Charles, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $79,495, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $65,392 and $64,067.

The following map shows all of the counties in Lake Charles, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lake Charles, LA (33.4k out of 202k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    17,321 ± 1,049

  2. Black

    13,922 ± 831

  3. Hispanic

    1,466 ± 351

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lake Charles, LA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

93.4k

2017 Value

± 2,301

2.33%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lake Charles, LA grew at a rate of 2.33%, from 91.3k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lake Charles, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,009 people), Sales & Related Occupations (10,136 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (7,367 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lake Charles, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lake Charles, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,009 people), Sales & Related Occupations (10,136 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (7,367 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Lake Charles, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.58 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.55 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lake Charles, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($88,750), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($75,100), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($74,909).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

93.4k

2017 Value

± 2,301

2.33%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lake Charles, LA grew at a rate of 2.33%, from 91.3k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lake Charles, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,374 people), Retail Trade (10,901 people), and Manufacturing (10,138 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lake Charles, LA, though some of these residents may live in Lake Charles, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lake Charles, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,374 people), Retail Trade (10,901 people), and Manufacturing (10,138 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Lake Charles, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.85 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.41 times), and Utilities (1.72 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lake Charles, LA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($71,264), Utilities ($64,738), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,384).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $79.9B

  2. $78.1B

  3. $43.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $79.9B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($78.1B) and Basic chemicals ($43.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$395B

2020 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

20.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Louisiana trade was $395B. This is expected to increase 20.5% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $41.9B

  2. $38.6B

  3. $13.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $41.9B, followed by Mississippi with $38.6B and Florida and $13.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.6% of the population of Lake Charles, LA has health coverage, with 45% on employee plans, 19% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Lake Charles, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Lake Charles, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,527 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.4%

Uninsured

45%

Employer Coverage

19%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

11.6%

Non-Group

1.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lake Charles, LA declined by 13.8% from 14.4% to 12.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lake Charles, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lake Charles, LA is home to a population of 206k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.85% of Lake Charles, LA residents were born outside of the country (5.85k people).

In 2017, there were 2.89 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Lake Charles, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 49k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.56k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lake Charles, LA was 36.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Lake Charles, LA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Lake Charles, LA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.85%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.85k people

2.45%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.01k people

As of 2017, 2.85% of Lake Charles, LA residents (5.85k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lake Charles, LA was 2.45%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

98.4%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.4% of Lake Charles, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lake Charles, LA was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lake Charles, LA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    142k ± 220

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    49k ± 742

  3. White (Hispanic)

    4.56k ± 504

In 2017, there were 2.89 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Lake Charles, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 49k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.56k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Lake Charles, LA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,490 ± 466

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,319 ± 379

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,969 ± 349

Lake Charles, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.94 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Lake Charles, LA awarded 4,299 degrees. The student population of Lake Charles, LA is skewed towards women, with 4,774 male students and 6,487 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lake Charles, LA are White (3,119 and 74.3%), followed by Black or African American (732 and 17.4%), Unknown (93 and 2.21%), and Two or More Races (87 and 2.07%).

The largest universities in Lake Charles, LA by number of degrees awarded are SOWELA Technical Community College (2,584 and 60.1%), McNeese State University (1,477 and 34.4%), and Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles (113 and 2.63%).

The most popular majors in Lake Charles, LA are Other Industrial Production Technology (780 and 18.1%), Instrumentation Technology (441 and 10.3%), and General Studies (245 and 5.7%).

The median tuition costs in Lake Charles, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,148 and $13,186 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 345 degrees awarded

  2. 241 degrees awarded

  3. 127 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Lake Charles, LA was Other Industrial Production Technology with 345 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Lake Charles, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,584 degrees awarded

  2. 1,477 degrees awarded

  3. 113 degrees awarded

$5,148

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Lake Charles, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was SOWELA Technical Community College with 2,584 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,247

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,052

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,247 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lake Charles, LA, which is 1.1 times more than the 2,052 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Lake Charles, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,119 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    732 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    93 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lake Charles, LA were to White students. These 3,119 degrees mean that there were 4.26 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 732 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lake Charles, LA was $136,700 in 2017, which is 0.595 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $125,100 to $136,700, a 9.27% increase. The homeownership rate in Lake Charles, LA is 68.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lake Charles, LA have an average commute time of 20.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lake Charles, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$136,700

2017 Median

± $4,109

$125,100

2016 Median

± $3,388

In 2017, the median property value in Lake Charles, LA grew to to $136,700 from the previous year's value of $125,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lake Charles, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lake Charles, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$48,481

Median Household Income

± $1,310

79.8k

Number of Households

± 1,995

In 2017, the median household income of the 79.8k households in Lake Charles, LA grew to $48,481 from the previous year's value of $47,039.

The following chart displays the households in Lake Charles, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lake Charles, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lake Charles, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.3%

2017 Homeownership

68.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.3% of the housing units in Lake Charles, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lake Charles, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lake Charles, LA have a shorter commute time (20.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.56% of the workforce in Lake Charles, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.2%

  2. Carpooled

    8.21%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.02%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lake Charles, LA was Drove Alone (86.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.21%) and those who Worked At Home (2.02%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lake Charles, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lake Charles, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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