The 2010 US Census Bureau population estimate of Southwest Louisiana is over 292,619. SWLA is comprised of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis Parishes. Calcasieu Parish is the center of the area with a population of 192,768. Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish is situated on Interstate 10, approximately 2 hours from Houston, TX and Baton Rouge, LA. Other cities in the area are DeQuincy, Iowa, Sulphur, Vinton and Westlake.
Allen Parish, created in 1912, is one of the newest parishes in the state. It is covered by dense forest and has rich agriculture as well as cattle and timber production. Comprised of the towns and cities of Elizabeth, Kinder, Oakdale, Oberlin, Reeves and the Coushatta Indian Reservation, it has a population of 25,764.
Forestry and livestock are thriving enterprises in primarily rural Beauregard Parish. Comprised of the cities and towns of DeRidder, Dry Creek, Fields, Longville, Merryville, Singer, Sugartown and Ragley, it has a population of 35,654.
Cameron Parish, Southwest Louisiana's largest parish based on land area, is almost entirely Gulf marshland. Its economy is based on oil, natural gas, agriculture, fishing and trapping. The coastal town of Cameron has been the nation's leading commercial fishing port. The communities of Hackberry, Grand Lake, Grand Chenier, Johnson Bayou and Creole comprise the rest of the parish. It has a population of 6,839.
Jefferson Davis Parish is among the foremost oil producing parishes in Louisiana with 15 oil and gas producing fields. It has a population of 31,594 and is comprised of Jennings, Elton, Lacassine, Welsh, Lake Arthur and Fenton.