Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2024

15,106

Opelousas is a city located in St. Landry Parish Louisiana. Opelousas has a 2024 population of 15,106. It is also the county seat of St. Landry Parish.Opelousas is currently declining at a rate of -1.27% annually and its population has decreased by -4.21% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 15,770 in 2020.

The average household income in Opelousas is $46,430 with a poverty rate of 38.96%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Opelousas is 33.8 years, 29 years for males, and 37.8 years for females.

Opelousas Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 79.63%
  • White: 17.52%
  • Two or more races: 2.21%
  • Other race: 0.43%
  • Native American: 0.18%
  • Asian: 0.03%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
7.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,906.20/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-4.21% (-664)
The current population of Opelousas, Louisiana is 15,106 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 15,770.

Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2024

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Opelousas Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American12,59079.63%
White2,77017.52%
Two or more races3492.21%
Other race680.43%
Native American290.18%
Asian40.03%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Opelousas Population by Race

Opelousas Population Pyramid 2024

Opelousas Median Age

33.8

Total

29

Male

37.8

Female

Opelousas Adults

There are 11,377 adults, (2,203 of whom are seniors) in Opelousas.

Opelousas Age Dependency

72.3

Age Dependency Ratio

24

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Opelousas Sex Ratio

Female8,55554.11%
Male7,25545.89%

Opelousas Population by Age

Opelousas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All5,7212.6747.852.2
Non Family2,3451.1850.149.9
Female1,8433.6829.170.9
Married1,2663.727228
Male2673.8241.658.4
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3.62

Average Family Size

2.67

Average Household Size

47.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Opelousas Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Opelousas Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Opelousas Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Opelousas Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$34,474

Average Earnings

$41,588

Average Male

$29,814

Average Female

Opelousas Earnings by Educational Attainment

Opelousas Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Opelousas Language

95.88% of Opelousas residents speak only English, while 4.12% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.53% of the population.

Opelousas Language

Opelousas Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black12,3095,26142.74%
White2,54763825.05%
Multiple3497320.92%
Hispanic340226.47%
Asian44100%
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38.96%

Overall Poverty Rate

34.06%

Male Poverty Rate

42.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Opelousas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Asian, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Hispanic, with 6.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.68%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.56%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 55.04%.

Opelousas Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade63.39%
High School29.18%
Some College25.58%
Bachelors or Greater10.86%
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Opelousas Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed53.88%
Male Unemployed25.32%
Female Employed20.66%
Male Employed7.96%
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Opelousas Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Opelousas Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Opelousas Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

23.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

24.9%

Male Marriage Rate

21.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Opelousas Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Opelousas Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

448

Number of Veterans

413

Male Veterans

35

Female Veterans

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Opelousas Veterans by War

count

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Opelousas Veterans by Age

count

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Opelousas Veterans by Race

Opelousas Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

16.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

63.13%

Veteran Disability Rate

Opelousas Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49.9%

Labor Force Participation

44.2%

Employment Rate

11%

Unemployment Rate

Opelousas Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Opelousas Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Opelousas Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

93.06%

Born in Opelousas

99.46%

Native Born

0.54%

Foreign Born

0.33%

Non Citizen

0.21%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.46% of Opelousas residents were born in the United States, with 93.06% having been born in Louisiana. 0.33% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Opelousas Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202914,136-194-1.35%
202814,330-194-1.34%
202714,524-194-1.32%
202614,718-194-1.3%
202514,912-194-1.28%
202415,106-194-1.27%
202315,300-194-1.25%
202215,494-194-1.24%
202115,688-82-0.52%
202015,770-17-0.11%
201915,787-179-1.12%
201815,966-211-1.3%
201716,177-142-0.87%
201616,319-39-0.24%
201516,358-79-0.48%
201416,43770.04%
201316,430-75-0.45%
201216,505-67-0.4%
201116,572-86-0.52%
201016,658-6,202-27.13%
200022,8604,70925.94%
199018,151-752-3.98%
198018,903-1,484-7.28%
197020,3872,97017.05%
196017,4175,75849.39%
195011,6592,67929.83%
19408,9802,68142.56%
19306,2991,86241.97%
19204,437-186-4.02%
19104,6231,67256.66%
19002,951
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Opelousas Population by Year