Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2021

15,547
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Opelousas is a city located in St. Landry Parish Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 15,547, it is the 21st largest city in Louisiana and the 2266th largest city in the United States . Opelousas is currently declining at a rate of -1.16% annually and its population has decreased by -6.53% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 16,634 in 2010. Opelousas reached it's highest population of 22,860 in 2000. Spanning over 8 miles, Opelousas has a population density of 1,962 people per square mile.

The average household income in Opelousas is $41,147 with a poverty rate of 43.28%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $633 per month, and the median house value is $98,100. The median age in Opelousas is 35.9 years, 32.7 years for males, and 39 years for females.

Opelousas Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 74.70%
  • White: 23.76%
  • Two or more races: 0.77%
  • Other race: 0.34%
  • Native American: 0.33%
  • Asian: 0.10%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Opelousas, Louisiana is 15,547 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 16,093.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 16,634.

Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2021

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

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202180,808-658-0.81%
202081,466-658-0.81%
201982,124-658-0.80%
201882,782-753-0.91%
201783,535-233-0.28%
201683,7681190.14%
201583,649-31-0.04%
201483,6802650.32%
201383,415-51-0.06%
201283,466240.03%
201183,442-53-0.06%
201083,4950.00%

Opelousas Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American12,12674.70%
White3,85823.76%
Two or More Races1250.77%
Some Other Race550.34%
American Indian and Alaska Native540.33%
Asian160.10%
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Opelousas Population by Race

Opelousas Population Pyramid $2021

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Opelousas Median Age

35.9


Total

32.7


Male

39


Female

Opelousas Adults

There are 11,851 adults, (2,736 of whom are seniors) in Opelousas.

Opelousas Age Dependency

78.1

Age Dependency Ratio

30

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Opelousas Sex Ratio

Female

8,704

53.62%

Male

7,530

46.38%

Opelousas Population by Age

Opelousas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Opelousas Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.2%31.8%
All49.8%50.2%
Non Family45%55%
Female42.5%57.5%
Male39.7%60.3%

49.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Opelousas Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,2482.4949.8
Non Family2,7211.2145
Female1,6053.5842.5
Married1,5473.4768.2
Male3753.0739.7

3.43

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

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Opelousas Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,34312.89%
9th to 12th Grade1,67216.05%
High School Graduate3,75336.03%
Some College1,81317.41%
Associates Degree4364.19%
Bachelors Degree9809.41%
Graduate Degree4194.02%
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Opelousas Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Opelousas Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black7,3034,870521
White2,8232,333803
Hispanic1438655
2+ Races68334
Other Race555016
Native American2727
Asian1616

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 hispanic people with a rate of 38.46%.

Opelousas Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$23,989$30,574$20,259
Less Than 9th Grade$12,392$16,681$10,980
High School Graduate$19,788$38,993$16,076
Some College$27,702$29,500$21,960
Bachelors Degree$42,628$44,531$38,906
Graduate Degree$47,321$62,708$41,370

$23,989

Average Earnings

$30,574

Average Male

$20,259

Average Female

Opelousas Earnings by Educational Attainment

Opelousas Language by Age

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Opelousas Language

95.79% of Opelousas residents speak only English, while 4.21% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.44% of the population.

Opelousas Language

Opelousas Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black11,6525,96051.15%
White3,43573521.40%
Multiple1131311.50%

43.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

41.74%

Male Poverty Rate

44.59%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Opelousas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Black, with 51.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Multiple, with 11.50% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 12.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 46.30%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 49.64%.

Opelousas Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade55.10%
High School37.90%
Some College24.94%
Bachelors or Greater3.70%

Opelousas Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed58.42%
Male Unemployed47.84%
Female Employed31.48%
Male Employed13.94%

Opelousas Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Opelousas Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$22,646$41,147
Families$29,306$47,613
Married Families$60,788-
Non Families$16,091$31,695
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Income by Household Type

Opelousas Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

27.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

31.0%

Male Marriage Rate

24.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Opelousas Married by Age and Sex

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Opelousas 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 45-54.

Opelousas Marital Status by Race

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Opelousas Marital Status

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599

Number of Veterans

558

Male Veterans

41

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam251
First Gulf War90
World War II74
Korea62
Second Gulf War31

Opelousas Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74219
75+196
55 to 64102
35 to 5471
18 to 3411

Opelousas Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black3303.88%
White2698.59%
Hispanic137.69%

Opelousas Veterans by Race

Opelousas Veterans by Education

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21.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.55%

Veteran Disability Rate

Opelousas Veterans by Education

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44.4%

Labor Force Participation

40.3%

Employment Rate

8.8%

Unemployment Rate

Opelousas Employment by Age

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Opelousas Employment by Race

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Opelousas 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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95.25%

Born in Opelousas

99.69%

Native Born

0.31%

Foreign Born

0.00%

Non Citizen

0.31%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.69% of Opelousas residents were born in the United States, with 95.25% having been born in Louisiana. 0.00% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Opelousas Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202115,547-182-1.16%
202015,729-182-1.14%
201915,911-182-1.13%
201816,093-207-1.27%
201716,300-120-0.73%
201616,420-48-0.29%
201516,468-78-0.47%
201416,54690.05%
201316,537-72-0.43%
201216,609-63-0.38%
201116,672-85-0.51%
201016,757-6,103-3.06%
200022,8604,7092.33%
199018,151-752-0.41%
198018,903-1,484-0.75%
197020,3872,9701.59%
196017,4175,7584.10%
195011,6592,6792.65%
19408,9802,6813.61%
19306,2991,8623.57%
19204,437-186-0.41%
19104,6231,6724.59%
19002,9510.00%

Opelousas Population by Year