Lake Charles (Louisiana)

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Coordinates 30°12′53″N 93°12′31″W
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Calcasieu
Founded March 7, 1861 as Charleston
Renamed March 16, 1867 as Lake Charles
Founded by Charles Sallier
Named for Charles Sallier
Elevation 15 ft (5 m)
Demonym(s) Lake Charlesian
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
ZIP Codes 70601, 70602, 70605, 70606, 70607, 70609, 70615, 70616, 70629
Area Code 337
FIPS code 22-41155
Government (Mayor) Nicholas E. "Nic" Hunter (R)
Government (City Council) Members list Dist A: Marshall SimienDist B: Luvertha W. AugustDist C: Rodney GeyenDist D: John IeyoubDist E: Stuart WeatherfordDist F: Dana Carl JacksonDist G: Mark Eckard
Government (City) 48.60 sq mi (125.87 km2)
Government (Land) 45.73 sq mi (118.44 km2)
Government (Water) 2.87 sq mi (7.43 km2)
Area (City) 48.60 sq mi (125.87 km2)
Area (Land) 45.73 sq mi (118.44 km2)
Area (Water) 2.87 sq mi (7.43 km2)
Population (2020) (City) 84,872
Population (2020) (Density) 1,855.98/sq mi (716.59/km2)
Population (2020) (Urban) 132,977
Population (2020) (Metro) 210,409

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Lake Charles (French: Lac Charles) is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Founded in 1861 in Calcasieu Parish, it is a major industrial, cultural, and educational center in the southwest region of the state. As of the 2020 census, Lake Charles's population was 84,872. It is considered a regionally significant center of petrochemical refining, gambling, tourism, and education, being home to McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College. Because of the lakes and waterways throughout the city, metropolitan Lake Charles is often called the Lake Area.

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