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Overview

Opelousas, Louisiana, in St Landry county, is 21 miles N of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 126 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is located in the Lafayette metropolitan area. Opelousas has a population of 22,860.

The People and Families of Opelousas

In Opelousas, about 37% of adults are married. Be careful driving in Opelousas, since the city is home to many young children. Looking at the city, you'll find a large share of the people are not married.

In the most recent census it emerged that people are more likely female than male in Opelousas, in comparison to similar cities.

Wealth and Education

In 2000, Opelousas had a median family income of $19,966.

Political Inclinations

Residents of Opelousas gave more campaign money ($8,500) to John Kerry than to the other people running for President in 2004. Residents gave more to the Democratic party than any of the others.

Opelousas Housing

Owners occupy 54% of the housing units in Opelousas. One of the strengths of the city is the availability of reasonably priced apartment rentals. Who wouldn't appreciate the low real estate taxes that are typical in Opelousas?

Commuting

In Opelousas, 89% of commuters drive to work. The city is more walker- and bicycle-friendly than most places its size.

People

Total Population 16,638
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,035
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 28.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $29,417
% Above Poverty Level 58.1%
% Below Poverty Level 41.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $572
Median House Value $88,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 76.2%
US/American 0%
English 2%
Irish 1.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Opelousas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles N of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 126 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County St Landry
Metro Area Lafayette
Standard Zip Codes 70570
P.O. Box Zip Codes 70571
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.533
Longitude -92.081

Opelousas Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GRAND COTEAU
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 56 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 57 to 82 F
Annual Precip 63.2 inches
Station LAFAYETTE REG AP
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 78 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 62.1 inches
Station JENNINGS
Distance 41.9 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 59 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Church Point 4,525 $25,508
Grand Coteau 889 $33,875
Leonville 845 $37,935
Port Barre 1,848 $30,318
Sunset 2,919 $56,786
Washington 725 $36,607

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Opelousas Public Libraries

Library
Opelousas-eunice Public Library
212 EAST GROLEE STREET
Opelousas, Louisiana
(318) 948-3693

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Opelousas Hospitals

DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF OPELOUSAS
(Proprietary)
3983 I 49 SOUTH SERVICE ROAD
(337) 948-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

OPELOUSAS GENERAL HEALTH SYSTEM
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
539 EAST PRUDHOMME STREET
(337) 948-3011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Opelousas High Schools

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OPELOUSAS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1014 JUDSON WALSH DRIVE
337-942-5634
Serves 1,197 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
3746 HIGHWAY 104
337-543-2255
Serves 498 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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