Prien, Louisiana

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Prien is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,215 at the 2000 census and continues to grow. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area. Some of the area has been annexed into the City of Lake Charles to facilitate growth.


Prien is located at 30°10′18″N 93°16′3″W / 30.17167°N 93.2675°W / 30.17167; -93.2675 (30.171700, -93.267384)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.4 km²), of which, 6.9 square miles (17.9 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (11.96%) is water.

This unincorporated area continues to grow, while much of it has been annexed by the City of Lake Charles, Louisiana.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,215 people, 2,582 households, and 2,050 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,042.8 people per square mile (402.6/km²). There were 2,712 housing units at an average density of 392.0/sq mi (151.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.77% White, 6.26% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.80% of the population. The demographics are not completely accurate due to the fact that Creole is not listed as official. The majority of this population in Prien Lake are actually French Creole, which is a mixture of French, Eu spanish, Native American, and African. Many of these Creoles are very fair skinned and often mistaken as just white.

There were 2,582 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

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