Opelousas, LA Profile: Facts & Data


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Opelousas, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Opelousas had a population of 15,904 as of July 1, 2018. Opelousas ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Opelousas is located at latitude 30.528 and longitude -92.0851 in St. Landry Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Opelousas (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.93 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. St. Landry Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 66 feet.

The City of Opelousas (GNIS ID: 2404436) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Opelousas is located within Parish Governing Authority District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of St. Landry Parish.

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Opelousas, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 15,904
Population in Households 15,461
Population in Familes 12,407
Population in Group Qrtrs 443
Population Density2 2,006
Diversity Index3 41


Median Household Income $20,966
Average Household Income $36,459
Per Capita Income $14,645


Total Housing Units 7,223 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,733 (37.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,368 (46.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,122 (15.5%)
Median Home Value $94,346
Average Home Value $123,967


Total Households 6,101
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 3,737
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.54% -0.31%
Households -0.58% -0.32%
Families -0.91% -0.56%
Median Household Income   1.36%
Per Capita Income   1.15%

Opelousas, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Opelousas to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 30 94th
Population Density # 54 89th
Diversity Index # 293 38th
Median Household Income # 467 2nd
Per Capita Income # 456 4th

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