Opelousas, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
82,574
0.512% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.3
0.269% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
27.5%
6.07% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$44,478
8.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$148,400
18.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Opelousas, LA had a population of 82.6k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $44,478. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Opelousas, LA declined from 82,999 to 82,574, a −0.512% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,068 to $44,478, a 8.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Opelousas, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (53.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (40.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.47%), Other (Hispanic) (0.908%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.7%).

None of the households in Opelousas, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.1% of the residents in Opelousas, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Opelousas, LA are Louisiana Academy of Beauty (16 degrees awarded in 2022) and Opelousas School of Cosmetology (14 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Opelousas, LA was $148,400, and the homeownership rate was 68.6%.

Most people in Opelousas, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Opelousas, LA was 2 cars per household.

Opelousas, LA borders Baton Rouge, LA and Lafayette, LA.

Population & Diversity

Opelousas, LA is home to a population of 82.6k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.54% of Opelousas, LA residents were born outside of the country (1.27k people).

In 2022, there were 1.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (44.3k people) in Opelousas, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.04k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.1%
2022 Citizenship
99%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.1% of Opelousas, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Opelousas, LA was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Opelousas, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    44.3k ± 164
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    33.4k ± 471
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.04k ± 412
2.49%
Hispanic Population
2.06k people

In 2022, there were 1.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (44.3k people) in Opelousas, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.04k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.49% of the people in Opelousas, LA are hispanic (2.06k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Opelousas, LA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.54%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.27k people
1.48%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.23k people

As of 2022, 1.54% of Opelousas, LA residents (1.27k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Opelousas, LA was 1.48%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,135 ± 201
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    562 ± 171
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    496 ± 150

Opelousas, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Opelousas, LA employs 30.7k people. The largest industries in Opelousas, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,965 people), Retail Trade (4,239 people), and Construction (2,978 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,308), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($65,927), and Utilities ($60,548).

Occupations

30.7k
2022 Value
± 1,528
−1.74%
1 Year decline
± 7.13%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Opelousas, LA declined at a rate of −1.74%, from 31.3k employees to 30.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Opelousas, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,479 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,009 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,890 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Opelousas, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

30.7k
2022 Value
± 1,528
−1.74%
1 Year decline
± 7.13%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Opelousas, LA declined at a rate of −1.74%, from 31.3k employees to 30.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Opelousas, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,965 people), Retail Trade (4,239 people), and Construction (2,978 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Opelousas, LA, though some of these residents may live in Opelousas, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$44,036
Median earning men ± $2,628
$28,066
Median earning women ± $1,408

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($73,651), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,466), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,005).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($53,571), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,366), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($40,313).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 985
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 481
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 367
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.01%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Opelousas, LA awarded 30 degrees. The student population of Opelousas, LA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 0 male students and 57 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Opelousas, LA are White (20 and 66.7%), followed by Black or African American (8 and 26.7%), Two or More Races (2 and 6.67%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Opelousas, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana Academy of Beauty (16 and 53.3%) and Opelousas School of Cosmetology (14 and 46.7%).

The most popular majors in Opelousas, LA are General Cosmetology (30 and 100%) and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (0 and 0%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Opelousas, LA was $148,400 in 2022, which is 0.526 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $124,900 to $148,400, a 18.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Opelousas, LA is 68.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Opelousas, LA have an average commute time of 29.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Opelousas, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Opelousas, LA is $44,478. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Opelousas, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

Property

$148,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,206
$21,194
Median Property Taxes
±$1,072

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Opelousas, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Opelousas, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

68.6%
Homeownership
2022
68.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68.6% of the housing units in Opelousas, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.5%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Opelousas, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

The following map shows all of the counties in Opelousas, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$44,478
Median Household Income
± $2,152
30.9k
Number of Households
± 1,492

In 2022, the median household income of the 30.9k households in Opelousas, LA grew to $44,478 from the previous year's value of $41,068.

The following chart displays the households in Opelousas, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Opelousas, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.5%)
  2. Carpooled (9.22%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.65%)

In 2022, 81.5% of workers in Opelousas, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.22%) and those who worked at home (5.65%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

29.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Opelousas, LA have a longer commute time (29.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.61% of the workforce in Opelousas, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Opelousas, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Opelousas, LA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

27.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Opelousas, LA (22.3k out of 81k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Opelousas, LA is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.2% of the population of Opelousas, LA has health coverage, with 34.5% on employee plans, 31.6% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 11% on non-group plans, and 0.69% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1434 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1466 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1759 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 305 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,434 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,434 patients per year. This represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1,466 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 27.9% under 18 years, 20.2% between 18 and 34 years, 36.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

8.76%
Uninsured
34.5%
Employer Coverage
31.6%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
11%
Non-Group
0.69%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Opelousas, LA declined by 1.32% from 8.88% to 8.76%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Opelousas, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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