Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2020

15,876

Opelousas is a city located in Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 15,876, it is the 20th largest city in Louisiana and the 2229th largest city in the United States. Opelousas is currently declining at a rate of -0.78% annually and its population has decreased by -4.56% 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 2,003 people per square mile.

The average household income in Opelousas is $39,375 with a poverty rate of 45.20%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $588 per month, and the median house value is $94,100. The median age in Opelousas is 35.8 years, 35.2 years for males, and 37 years for females. For every 100 females there are 83.1 males.

Opelousas Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 76.80%
  • White: 21.87%
  • Two or more races: 0.51%
  • Other race: 0.35%
  • Native American: 0.35%
  • Asian: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Opelousas, Louisiana is 15,876, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 16,126.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 16,634.

Opelousas, Louisiana Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202081,398-683-0.84%
201982,081-683-0.83%
201882,764-683-0.83%
201783,447-284-0.34%
201683,7311030.12%
201583,628-46-0.06%
201483,6742640.32%
201383,410-49-0.06%
201283,459270.03%
201183,432-57-0.07%
201083,4890.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American12,59476.80%
White3,58621.87%
Two or More Races840.51%
Some Other Race580.35%
American Indian and Alaska Native570.35%
Asian200.12%

Opelousas Population Pyramid 2020

Opelousas Median Age

35.8


Total

35.2


Male

37


Female

Opelousas Adults

There are 12,022 adults, (2,662 of whom are seniors) in Opelousas.

Opelousas Age Dependency

75.2

Age Dependency Ratio

28.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Opelousas Sex Ratio

Female

8,958

54.63%

Male

7,441

45.37%

Opelousas Households and Families

Opelousas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Opelousas Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.2%24.8%
All51.1%48.9%
Male48%52%
Non Family43.2%56.8%
Female39.9%60.1%

51.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,1542.5651.1
Non Family2,6941.2143.2
Married1,6363.4775.2
Female1,5283.7939.9
Male2963.4648

3.58

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

3.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Opelousas Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,33712.81%
9th to 12th Grade1,59615.30%
High School Graduate3,97038.05%
Some College1,52614.63%
Associates Degree5715.47%
Bachelors Degree9529.12%
Graduate Degree4824.62%

Opelousas Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black7,3754,907572
White2,7682,401754
Hispanic1427944
Other Race585323
Native American575735
Multiple Races4166
Asian2020

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 native american people with a rate of 61.40%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$23,410$31,559$19,459
Less Than High School$13,246$16,250$8,315
High School Grad$19,572$35,605$15,202
Some College$26,676$30,673$22,986
Bachelors Degree$42,034$47,083$40,511
Graduate Degree$45,714$49,500$41,111

$23,410

Average Earnings

$31,559

Average Male

$19,459

Average Female

Opelousas Language

Opelousas Language by Age

Opelousas Language

95.30% of Opelousas residents speak only English, while 4.70% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.28% of the population.

Opelousas Poverty

Opelousas Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black12,1506,70455.18%
White3,19137711.81%
Multiple681116.18%
Other5359.43%

45.20%

Overall Poverty Rate

42.86%

Male Poverty Rate

47.13%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Opelousas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Black, with 55.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Opelousas is Other, with 9.43% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 13.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 45.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 52.22%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School59.01%
High School36.27%
Some College26.62%
Bachelors or Greater6.58%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed60.00%
Female Unemployed52.49%
Female Employed31.16%
Male Employed13.32%

Opelousas Income

Opelousas Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$21,522$39,375
Families$30,220$48,457
Married Families$61,447-
Non Families$14,632$27,329

Opelousas Marital Status

Opelousas Marital Status

Marriage Rates

28.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.0%

Male Marriage Rate

26.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Opelousas Married by Age and Sex

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

Opelousas Veterans

582

Number of Veterans

548

Male Veterans

34

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam221
Korea84
First Gulf War73
World War II67
Second Gulf War25

$Opelousas Veterans by Education

14.26%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.87%

Veteran Disability Rate

Opelousas Employment Status

44.4%

Labor Force Participation

41.3%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Opelousas 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

95.70%

Born in Louisiana

99.70%

Native Born

0.30%

Foreign Born

0.00%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

99.70% of Opelousas residents were born in the United States, with 95.70% 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 Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202015,876-125-0.78%
201916,001-125-0.78%
201816,126-189-1.16%
201716,315-125-0.76%
201616,440-47-0.29%
201516,487-75-0.45%
201416,562130.08%
201316,549-68-0.41%
201216,617-61-0.37%
201116,678-81-0.48%
201016,759-6,101-3.06%
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%