Calcasieu Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Lake Charles and as of 2000, the population is 183,577.
The name Calcasieu comes from an Indian term, "Quelqueshue", meaning "Crying Eagle". It was first given to what was formerly the Rio Hondo River, which became the Calcasieu River. The parish then inherited this name.
The parish has a total area of 2,834 km2 (1,094 mi2). 2,774 km2 (1,071 mi2) of it is land and 60 km2 (23 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 2.12% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 183,577 people, 68,613 households, and 49,058 families residing in the parish. The population density is 66/km2 (171/mi2). There are 75,995 housing units at an average density of 27/km2 (71/mi2). The racial makeup of the parish is 73.60% White, 23.98% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 1.34% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 68,613 households out of which 35.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% are married couples living together, 14.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% are non-families. 24.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.61 and the average family size is 3.11.
In the parish the population is spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.30 males.
The median income for a household in the parish is $35,372, and the median income for a family is $41,903. Males have a median income of $36,569 versus $21,390 for females. The per capita income for the parish is $17,710. 15.40% of the population and 12.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.90% of those under the age of 18 and 14.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities and towns
- Calcasieu Parish government's website (http://www.cppj.net/)