M oss Bluff, located in Calcasieu Parish in Southwest Louisiana, is home to 10,747 residents, according to 2007 data, a population increase of 2 percent since 2000. It is a stone’s throw away from Lake Charles, a city of nearly 72,000.
The closest institution of higher learning is McNeese State University in neighboring Lake Charles, and several other colleges and universities are located within 150 miles, including Lamar University-Beaumont in Texas, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The public library in Moss Bluff is one of several branches of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library system. For health care, three medical centers are available in Lake Charles.
Winters in Moss Bluff are mild, with an average January low of 44 degrees, and the sun shines an average of 210 days a year. There is ample opportunity to enjoy the area’s pleasant weather at Sam Houston Jones State Park, which offers numerous outdoor activities on its 1,000+ acres, among them, swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking.
For entertainment, festivals abound in the region. Southwest Louisiana is dubbed the Festival Capital of Louisiana due to the 75+ annual festivals held in the area. The region also offers entertainment in the form of gambling at the local casinos.
Though a small town, Moss Bluff is conveniently located less than a half day’s drive from both Baton Rouge and Houston, Texas. With a median home price of $209,500, Moss Bluff is a relatively affordable place to live.