Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
City of Lake Charles
Clockwise from left: Downtown Lake Charles; Lakefront Promenade; I-210 Bridge over the Calcasieu River; McNeese State University entrance plaza
Nickname(s): The Lake Area
Location of Louisiana in USA
Lake Charles, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Location of Lake Charles in Louisiana
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
Parish Calcasieu
Founded March 7, 1861 as Charleston
Renamed March 16, 1867 as Lake Charles
Founded by Charles Sallier
Named for Charles Sallier
 • Mayor Randy Roach (D)
 • City Council[1]
 • City 44.8 sq mi (116 km2)
 • Land 42.1 sq mi (109 km2)
 • Water 2.7 sq mi (7 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 71,993
 • Density 1,711.8/sq mi (660.9/km2)
 • Urban 132,977
 • Metro 194,138
Demonym Lake Charlesian
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes 70601, 70602, 70605, 70606, 70607, 70609, 70615, 70616, 70629
Area Code 337
Twin cities
 • Perpignan[2] France
 • Sioux City, Iowa[3] United States
 • Cobh[4] Ireland

Lake Charles is the largest city in the southwest Louisiana. it is the second-largest city in the Acadiana. it is the fifth-largest city in the U.S. States of Louisiana. The actual population is almost 72,000. The city was founded as Charleston, March 7, 1861; the name was changed into Lake Charles March 16, 1867. The city was founded by and named for Charles Sallier.

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