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During and after World War II, Lake Charles experienced industrial growth with the onset of the petrochemical refining industries.The city grew to a high of some 75,000 people in the early 1980s, but with local economic recession, the population declined.With the advent of the gaming, manufacturing, and aviation maintenance industries, the city rebounded with a population of 71,993 as of 2010.and is located on the banks of the Calcasieu River in southwestern Louisiana. Contraband Bayou, Henderson Bayou, and English Bayou flow through the city.According to the United States Census Bureau, Lake Charles is tied with Port Arthur, Texas, and Astoria, Oregon, as the most humid city in the contiguous United States, and the second-most humid measured location behind unincorporated Quillayute, Washington.The average relative humidity in Lake Charles is 90% in the morning, and 72% in the afternoon.the population density was 1,711.8 people per square mile (689.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 47% White, 47% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.47% from other races, 2.1% from two or more races.
Charpentier is French for carpenter, a reference to the carpenter-architects who built the mixed-style homes in the district.
The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.13. The percentage of males was 45.7% versus 54.3% for females.
In 2010, the population was spread out with 27% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 20 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 25% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the city was ,001. 20.9% of the population was below the poverty line.
Founded in 1861 in Calcasieu Parish, it is a major industrial, cultural, and educational center in the southwest region of the state. It is considered a regionally significant center of petrochemical refining, gaming, tourism, and education, being home to Mc Neese State University and Sowela Technical Community College.
Because of the lakes and waterways throughout the city, metropolitan Lake Charles is often referred to as the Lake Area.