Opelousas is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 15,494 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Opelousas is the 28th largest community in Louisiana.
The citizens of Opelousas are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.71% of adults in Opelousas have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Opelousas in 2018 was $18,290, which is lower middle income relative to Louisiana, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,160 for a family of four. However, Opelousas contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Opelousas also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.20% 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, French, German, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Opelousas is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.