Opelika, AL
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Opelika is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 29,527 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Opelika is the 19th largest community in Alabama.

Opelika is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Opelika is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Opelika who work in office and administrative support (14.07%), sales jobs (12.71%), and teaching (9.31%).

In terms of college education, Opelika is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.98% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Opelika in 2010 was $25,012, which is wealthy relative to Alabama, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,048 for a family of four. However, Opelika contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Opelika is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Opelika home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Opelika residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Opelika include Irish, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Opelika is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.