Opelousas, LA
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Opelousas is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 16,591 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Opelousas is the 26th largest community in Louisiana.

Unlike some cities, Opelousas isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Opelousas are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Opelousas is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Opelousas who work in office and administrative support (12.18%), sales jobs (10.91%), and maintenance occupations (7.89%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.17 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small city, Opelousas doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In Opelousas, just 11.82% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Opelousas in 2010 was $13,948, which is low income relative to Louisiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,792 for a family of four. Opelousas also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.95% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Opelousas is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Opelousas home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Opelousas residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Opelousas include French Canadian, English, Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Opelousas is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Indic languages.