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Westlake, Louisiana
Motto(s): 
A Growing Family Community
Location of Westlake in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Westlake in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Calcasieu
Incorporated 1945
Area
 • Total 3.79 sq mi (9.82 km2)
 • Land 3.79 sq mi (9.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 4,781
 • Density 1,261.14/sq mi (486.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-80815

Westlake is a city in Calcasieu Parish, in western Louisiana, United States, and is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,568 at the 2010 census. Westlake was incorporated in 1945.

Geography

Westlake is located in east-central Calcasieu Parish at 30°14′54″N 93°15′33″W / 30.24833°N 93.25917°W / 30.24833; -93.25917 (30.248455, -93.259047), on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, just north of that river's entry into the water body of Lake Charles. The city of Lake Charles borders Westlake across the river, connected via the Interstate 10 bridge.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Westlake has a total area of 3.71 square miles (9.60 km2), of which 3.65 square miles (9.46 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.14 km2), or 1.49%, is water.

Moss Bluff is just to the northeast. Sulphur is to the west, after the small community of Mossville.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,871
1960 3,311 77.0%
1970 4,082 23.3%
1980 5,246 28.5%
1990 5,007 −4.6%
2000 4,668 −6.8%
2010 4,568 −2.1%
2020 4,781 4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Westlake racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,340 69.86%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 925 19.35%
Native American 13 0.27%
Asian 42 0.88%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 157 3.28%
Hispanic or Latino 303 6.34%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,781 people, 1,935 households, and 1,178 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,568 people, 1,805 households, and 1,326 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,988.3 people per square mile (766.9/km2). There were 1,936 housing units at an average density of 824.6 per square mile (318.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.27% White, 17.95% black, 0.19% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 1,805 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,583, and the median income for a family was $39,057. Males had a median income of $42,500 versus $21,060 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,569. About 14.9% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Public schools in the town are operated by the Calcasieu Parish Public School System.

Elementary schools:

Middle school:

High school:

  • Westlake High School

Notable people

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