Opelika, Alabama Population 2020

31,455

Opelika is a city located in Alabama. With a 2020 population of 31,455, it is the 17th largest city in Alabama and the 1233rd largest city in the United States. Opelika is currently growing at a rate of 1.45% annually and its population has increased by 18.80% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,477 in 2010. Spanning over 60 miles, Opelika has a population density of 532 people per square mile.

The average household income in Opelika is $61,137 with a poverty rate of 19.40%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $704 per month, and the median house value is $152,500. The median age in Opelika is 37.6 years, 35.8 years for males, and 38.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.1 males.

Opelika Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Opelika was:

  • White: 51.46%
  • Black or African American: 43.48%
  • Asian: 2.70%
  • Two or more races: 1.97%
  • Other race: 0.19%
  • Native American: 0.13%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Opelika, Alabama is 31,455, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 30,555.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 26,477.

Opelika, Alabama Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020168,5412,3001.36%
2019166,2412,3001.38%
2018163,9412,3001.40%
2017161,6412,3441.45%
2016159,2972,2881.44%
2015157,0092,4641.57%
2014154,5452,7141.76%
2013151,8313,2502.14%
2012148,5814,4513.00%
2011144,1303,3242.31%
2010140,8060.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White15,33351.46%
Black or African American12,95743.48%
Asian8052.70%
Two or More Races5871.97%
Some Other Race580.19%
American Indian and Alaska Native400.13%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander180.06%

Opelika Population Pyramid 2020

Opelika Median Age

37.6


Total

35.8


Male

38.9


Female

Opelika Adults

There are 23,243 adults, (4,368 of whom are seniors) in Opelika.

Opelika Age Dependency

57.9

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Opelika Sex Ratio

Female

15,759

52.89%

Male

14,039

47.11%

Opelika Households and Families

Opelika Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Opelika Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.2%16.8%
All61.7%38.3%
Non Family51.9%48.1%
Male42.5%57.5%
Female37.6%62.4%

61.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,9742.4361.7
Married4,8753.0683.2
Non Family4,5471.1951.9
Female2,2393.437.6
Male3133.5142.5

3.13

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

3.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Opelika Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7403.59%
9th to 12th Grade1,6157.84%
High School Graduate6,09729.61%
Some College4,70922.87%
Associates Degree1,7048.28%
Bachelors Degree3,27215.89%
Graduate Degree2,45111.90%

Opelika Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White11,15910,5604,347
Black8,3266,8311,082
Asian566509241
Multiple Races27415920
Hispanic25016117
Native American404016
Other Race211917
Islander18

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 80.95%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,646$38,960$27,457
Less Than High School$15,040$$11,902
High School Grad$25,377$29,452$20,896
Some College$29,080$41,421$26,005
Bachelors Degree$43,941$46,893$33,057
Graduate Degree$58,022$67,212$53,371

$31,646

Average Earnings

$38,960

Average Male

$27,457

Average Female

Opelika Language

Opelika Language by Age

Opelika Language

94.94% of Opelika residents speak only English, while 5.06% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.26% of the population.

Opelika Poverty

Opelika Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black12,6663,57728.24%
White14,6771,71111.66%
Hispanic45225456.19%
Multiple5867612.97%
Asian786607.63%
Native403280.00%
Islander1818100.00%

19.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.56%

Male Poverty Rate

21.02%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Opelika

The race most likely to be in poverty in Opelika is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Opelika is Asian, with 7.63% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.04%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.05%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School35.32%
High School22.21%
Some College14.06%
Bachelors or Greater4.94%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.61%
Male Unemployed38.64%
Female Employed13.30%
Male Employed6.90%

Opelika Income

Opelika Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$42,697$61,137
Families$59,424$77,131
Married Families$80,827-
Non Families$24,364$34,270

Opelika Marital Status

Opelika Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.2%

Male Marriage Rate

39.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Opelika Married by Age and Sex

Opelika Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Opelika Marital Status by Race

Opelika Veterans

1,522

Number of Veterans

1,329

Male Veterans

193

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam556
First Gulf War271
Second Gulf War224
Korea144
World War II17
Age Group Veterans
65 to 74437
75+381
35 to 54353
55 to 64202
18 to 34149
Name Veterans % of Total
White9157.43%
Black5605.68%
Hispanic186.50%
Hawaiian18100.00%
Indian1640.00%
2 or More133.81%

$Opelika Veterans by Education

7.18%

Veteran Poverty Rate

40.36%

Veteran Disability Rate

Opelika Employment Status

63%

Labor Force Participation

59.2%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Opelika Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

69.90%

Born in Alabama

96.52%

Native Born

3.48%

Foreign Born

2.06%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.52% of Opelika residents were born in the United States, with 69.90% having been born in Alabama. 2.06% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202031,4554501.45%
201931,0054501.47%
201830,5553171.05%
201730,2384501.51%
201629,7883861.31%
201529,4023541.22%
201429,0484111.44%
201328,6375712.03%
201228,0666502.37%
201127,4169473.58%
201026,4692,9711.20%
200023,4981,3760.61%
199022,1222260.10%
198021,8962,8691.41%
197019,0273,3491.95%
196015,6783,3832.46%
195012,2953,8083.78%
19408,4872,3313.26%
19306,1561,1962.18%
19204,9602260.47%
19104,7344891.10%
19004,2455421.38%
18903,7034581.33%
18803,2450.00%