Opelika, Alabama Population 2021

31,472
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Opelika is a city located in Lee County Alabama. It is also the county seat of Lee County. With a 2020 population of 31,472, it is the 17th largest city in Alabama and the 1244th largest city in the United States . Opelika is currently growing at a rate of 0.90% annually and its population has increased by 18.87% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,477 in 2010. Opelika reached it's highest population of 31,472 in 2021. Spanning over 60 miles, Opelika has a population density of 533 people per square mile.

The average household income in Opelika is $63,473 with a poverty rate of 15.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $753 per month, and the median house value is $151,300. The median age in Opelika is 37.7 years, 35.4 years for males, and 40.8 years for females.

Opelika Demographics

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

  • White: 52.30%
  • Black or African American: 42.04%
  • Asian: 3.17%
  • Two or more races: 2.13%
  • Other race: 0.18%
  • Native American: 0.10%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.08%
The current population of Opelika, Alabama is 31,472 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 30,626.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 26,477.

Opelika, Alabama Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021166,3148860.53%
2020165,4288860.54%
2019164,5428860.54%
2018163,6562,2161.35%
2017161,4402,2721.41%
2016159,1682,2141.39%
2015156,9542,4431.56%
2014154,5112,7021.75%
2013151,8093,2422.14%
2012148,5674,4372.99%
2011144,1303,3362.31%
2010140,7940.00%

Opelika Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White15,81152.30%
Black or African American12,71142.04%
Asian9583.17%
Two or More Races6432.13%
Some Other Race550.18%
American Indian and Alaska Native310.10%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander230.08%
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Opelika Population by Race

Opelika Population Pyramid $2021

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Opelika Median Age

37.7


Total

35.4


Male

40.8


Female

Opelika Adults

There are 23,411 adults, (4,324 of whom are seniors) in Opelika.

Opelika Age Dependency

58.4

Age Dependency Ratio

22.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Opelika Sex Ratio

Female

15,791

52.23%

Male

14,441

47.77%

Opelika Population by Age

Opelika Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Opelika Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.2%17.8%
All64.9%35.1%
Non Family56.1%43.9%
Male48.1%51.9%
Female43.6%56.4%

64.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Opelika Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,8662.564.9
Married5,0163.2482.2
Non Family4,6671.1856.1
Female1,9523.643.6
Male2313.5848.1

3.3

Average Family Size

2.5

Average Household Size

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Opelika Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6523.15%
9th to 12th Grade1,3536.54%
High School Graduate6,14429.72%
Some College4,74822.96%
Associates Degree1,6447.95%
Bachelors Degree3,34216.16%
Graduate Degree2,79313.51%
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Opelika Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Opelika Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White10,92310,3704,469
Black8,3967,2481,302
Asian675589250
Hispanic46134454
2+ Races30718445
Native American313115
Islander23
Other Race191919

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 100.00%.

Opelika Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,901$39,618$27,601
Less Than 9th Grade$14,974$$13,917
High School Graduate$25,334$30,318$21,784
Some College$29,155$41,431$25,268
Bachelors Degree$44,544$46,779$33,044
Graduate Degree$58,595$71,534$53,547

$31,901

Average Earnings

$39,618

Average Male

$27,601

Average Female

Opelika Earnings by Educational Attainment

Opelika Language by Age

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Opelika Language

93.05% of Opelika residents speak only English, while 6.95% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.86% of the population.

Opelika Language

Opelika Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black12,4802,98723.93%
White14,6051,4499.92%
Hispanic1,17512210.38%
Asian940636.70%
Multiple642477.32%
Native3131100.00%
Islander2323100.00%

15.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.55%

Male Poverty Rate

17.50%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Opelika

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

The race least likely to be in poverty in Opelika is Asian, with 6.70% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.60%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.87%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.93%.

Opelika Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.85%
High School21.19%
Some College13.30%
Bachelors or Greater3.66%

Opelika Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed35.01%
Male Unemployed33.33%
Female Employed10.86%
Male Employed5.56%

Opelika Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Opelika Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,459$63,473
Families$68,231$80,209
Married Families$81,825-
Non Families$26,680$36,887
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Income by Household Type

Opelika Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.6%

Male Marriage Rate

41.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Opelika Married by Age and Sex

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Opelika Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Opelika Marital Status by Race

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Opelika Marital Status

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1,570

Number of Veterans

1,333

Male Veterans

237

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam559
First Gulf War287
Second Gulf War265
Korea138
World War II17

Opelika Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54441
65 to 74376
75+364
55 to 64282
18 to 34107

Opelika Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9607.69%
Black5605.75%
Hispanic659.33%
Islander23100.00%
Native American1548.39%
2+ Races123.40%

Opelika Veterans by Race

Opelika Veterans by Education

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6.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.16%

Veteran Disability Rate

Opelika Veterans by Education

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64.7%

Labor Force Participation

61.3%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Opelika Employment by Age

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Opelika Employment by Race

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Opelika Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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68.09%

Born in Opelika

96.19%

Native Born

3.81%

Foreign Born

2.13%

Non Citizen

1.68%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.19% of Opelika residents were born in the United States, with 68.09% having been born in Alabama. 2.13% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Opelika Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202131,4722820.90%
202031,1902820.91%
201930,9082820.92%
201830,6263171.05%
201730,3094451.49%
201629,8643771.28%
201529,4873541.22%
201429,1334181.46%
201328,7155742.04%
201228,1416532.38%
201127,4889533.59%
201026,5353,0371.22%
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%

Opelika Population by Year