Hayes (pronounced heɪz) is an unincorporated community located in the southeast corner of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the 2000 United States Census, the town has a total area of 4.55 square miles. Median household income ($14,844) is significantly lower than US average ($56,604). The population is primarily white, and mostly married couples. The average house value ($32,500) is significantly lower than in the Lake Charles metro area as a whole. The median age is 40.0. There are 205 men and 213 women. The median age for men is 37.8 while for women the median age is 40.6. Hayes Library is located there.
In the beginning, Hayes was known as Dugas Pasture or “La Savanne des Dugas" named for a cattle grazer from Andrus Cove who discovered this bountiful pasture land. Cattle could be kept here without supervision because the area was bounded on the east by the Lacassine Bayou, on the north and west by swampland, and on the south by marsh. In 1832 Thomas Hayes moved into Dugas Pasture and became the first while settler there. He married Mary Ann Foreman of Andrus Cove, and they settled near the Lacassine Bayou. 'The next settler was William Holland who was born in Tennessee in 1809.