Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2022

15,616
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Opelousas is a city located in St. Landry Parish Louisiana. Opelousas has a 2020 population of 15,616. Opelousas is currently declining at a rate of -0.54% annually and its population has decreased by -1.08% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 15,786 in 2010.

The average household income in Opelousas is $41,147 with a poverty rate of 35.93%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $597 per month, and the median house value is $123,100. 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 Opelousaswas:

  • Black or African American: 77.14%
  • White: 20.97%
  • Two or more races: 0.97%
  • Other race: 0.53%
  • Native American: 0.38%
  • Asian: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Opelousas, Louisiana is 15,616 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 15,786.

Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Opelousas Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White3,50020.97%
Black or African American12,87377.14%
American Indian and Alaska Native640.38%
Some Other Race880.53%
Two or More Races1620.97%
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Opelousas Population by Race

Opelousas Population Pyramid 2022

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Opelousas Median Age

36.2


Total

31.6


Male

40.3


Female

Opelousas Adults

There are 12,145 adults, (3,098 of whom are seniors) in Opelousas.

Opelousas Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

34.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Opelousas Sex Ratio

Female

9,013

54.01%

Male

7,674

45.99%

Opelousas Population by Age

Opelousas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Opelousas Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married55.3%44.7%
Non Family50%50%
All48.2%51.8%
Male45.2%54.8%
Female38.2%61.8%

48.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Opelousas Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,6072.4448.2
Married1,7903.2855.3
Male2943.3645.2
Female1,6753.5738.2
Non Family2,8481.1550

3.37

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

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Opelousas Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,11610.22%
9th to 12th Grade1,83716.82%
High School Graduate3,78334.63%
Some College1,57914.45%
Associates Degree7406.77%
Bachelors Degree8798.05%
Graduate Degree9909.06%
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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
Hispanic13510446
White2,4441,783743
Other Race888823
Black8,1665,9361,048
Native American27272
2+ Races98677

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 34.07%.

Opelousas Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,819$31,804$25,630
Less Than 9th Grade$12,739$15,219$11,792
High School Graduate$20,432$31,008$17,333
Some College$31,523$30,042$31,865
Bachelors Degree$40,739$41,283$39,757
Graduate Degree$65,893$$112,819

$27,819

Average Earnings

$31,804

Average Male

$25,630

Average Female

Opelousas Earnings by Educational Attainment

Opelousas Language by Age

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Opelousas Language

96.40% of Opelousas residents speak only English, while 3.60% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.96% of the population.

Opelousas Language

Opelousas Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black12,4705,24442.05%
White3,16753316.83%
OtherNaN%
Multiple14710.68%

35.93%

Overall Poverty Rate

36.97%

Male Poverty Rate

35.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Opelousas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Black, with 42.05% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Multiple, with 0.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 43.53%.

Opelousas Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade50.43%
High School33.13%
Some College20.04%
Bachelors or Greater2.77%

Opelousas Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed12.34%
Male Unemployed38.52%
Female Employed23.01%
Female Unemployed43.00%

Opelousas Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Opelousas Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$32,666$45,776
Families$39,866$48,696
Married Families$49,556-
Non Families$23,160$41,118
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Income by Household Type

Opelousas Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

28.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.4%

Male Marriage Rate

28.3%

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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508

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War23
First Gulf War106
Vietnam217
Korea50
World War II37

Opelousas Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34
35 to 5483
55 to 64110
65 to 74146
75+169

Opelousas Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1927.09%
Black2853.11%
Native American27.41%
2+ Races2922.48%
Hispanic3522.29%

Opelousas Veterans by Race

Opelousas Veterans by Education

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16.14%

Veteran Poverty Rate

40.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Opelousas Veterans by Education

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46.1%

Labor Force Participation

42%

Employment Rate

8.4%

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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94.58%

Born in Opelousas

99.81%

Native Born

0.19%

Foreign Born

0.00%

Non Citizen

0.19%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.81% of Opelousas residents were born in the United States, with 94.58% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19002,9510.00%
19104,6231,6724.59%
19204,437-186-0.41%
19306,2991,8623.57%
19408,9802,6813.61%
195011,6592,6792.65%
196017,4175,7584.10%
197020,3872,9701.59%
198018,903-1,484-0.75%
199018,151-752-0.41%
200022,8604,7092.33%
201016,634-6,226-3.13%
201116,549-85-0.51%
201216,464-85-0.51%
201316,379-85-0.52%
201416,294-85-0.52%
201516,209-85-0.52%
201616,124-85-0.52%
201716,039-85-0.53%
201815,954-85-0.53%
201915,869-85-0.53%
202015,786-83-0.52%
202115,701-85-0.54%
202215,616-85-0.54%

Opelousas Population by Year