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The Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area is a metropolitan area in the Acadiana region of southwest Louisiana that covers two parishes - Calcasieu and Cameron. According to a 2013 Census estimate, the MSA had a population of 202,040.[1] It is also part of the larger Lake Charles-Jennings Combined Statistical Area which has a population of 225,003. The Lake Charles MSA also shares borders with the Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area to the west. Metropolitan Lake Charles, the principal city, is commonly referred to as the Lake Area.

Lake Charles Metropolitan Area
Lake Charles Metropolitan Area
Map of Lake Charles Metropolitan Area
CountryUnited States
Largest cityLake Charles
Other citiesSulphur, Louisiana
Westlake, Louisiana
DeQuincy, Louisiana
 • Total202,040




As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 193,568 people, 72,205 households, and 51,762 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 74.63% White, 22.94% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $34,802, and the median income for a family was $40,783. Males had a median income of $33,868 versus $20,252 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,529.

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  1. ^ a b Retrieved March 28, 2014
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.