General InformationCentury 21 Bessette Realty

Located in the Southwest corner of Louisiana, Lake Charles is the parish (county) seat of Calcasieu Parish. Houston, Texas is 150 miles west and New Orleans, Louisiana is 225 miles to the east. The Gulf of Mexico is 34 miles to the south. The area has a flat terrain with an elevation ranging from 9-20 feet above sea level.

The population of Lake Charles is approximately 86,000 with over 171,000 in the parish according to The Chamber Southwest.

The area’s climate is generally humid and subtropical with a strong maritime character. Due to its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the Lake Charles area enjoys mild temperatures with few extremes. Seasonal changes are gradual. Winters are generally mild with temperatures ranging from the 40’s to the 60’s. Average rainfall is around 57 inches.

In 1961 a commission form of government was changed to a seven-member council/mayor form of government. Districts elect council members, and the mayor is elected at large. The parish is divided into 15 districts, each of which elects a police juror.

VOTING – To register, go to the Registrar of Voters office in the Parish Courthouse on Ryan Street, or call 439-8867. You may also register at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

DRIVERS LICENSE – Newcomers to the state will need a Louisiana Drivers License as soon as residency has been established.
The Sulphur location is at 120 S. Huntington 337-527-6826.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION – New Louisiana residents will also need to register their automobiles with the State of Louisiana.
To do this you will be required to :

  • Show title
  • Furnish registration
  • Show proof of taxes paid on the vehicle from the previous state.