Opelousas

Opelousas is a popular destination spot. This charming Southern town has 19th-century brick sidewalks lining its historic district and is Louisiana's third-oldest city. Opelousas is part of the state's Main Street Program with its downtown cluster of antique shops, boutiques and restaurants serving Cajun cuisine. Visitors can see antebellum, Victorian and early 20th-century buildings on a walk through town, including the "Hidden Capital of Louisiana," which served as the governor's mansion during the Civil War. A trip to the historic Le Vieux Village, with its 19th-century cottages, Orphan Train exhibit and Jim Bowie display about the famous one-time Opelousas resident, adds historical context to the Cajun and Creole folkways still in such vibrant evidence around the city today, while the Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino is among the city's newest attractions. With a deep Zydeco music tradition, this is also an excellent place to go dancing at a local club or festival. In fact, Opelousas is known as the “Zydeco Music Capital of the World” and home to the Zydeco Music Exhibit. An excellent time to visit is the Saturday before Labor Day when the town hosts the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival.

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Opelousas

Population

Total Population

16,139

Population
Growth Rate

-0.33%

Median Age

35

Diversity Index

41.000

Housing & Income

Households

6,226

Total Housing Units

7,207


Owner Occupied

3,058

Renter Occupied

3,168

Vacant

981

Median Home Value

$103,355


Average Home Value

$164,073

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.30%


Per Capita Income

1.44%

Income Projection

Median Household

$20,965 $22,049


Average Household

$34,315 $36,845


Per Capita

$13,531 $14,535

Workforce

Total Businesses

957

Total Employed

11,087

Workers 16+

4,990

HealthCare/Social Assist

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Businesses

127

Employed

3,082

Retail Trade Businesses

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Businesses

171

Employed

2,244

Educational Services - Businesses

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Businesses

28

Employed

1,135

Accommodation/Food Service

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Businesses

63

Employed

790

Food Service/Drinking Estab

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Businesses

55

Employed

712

Public Administration

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Businesses

55

Employed

699

Some
High School

1,555

Graduated
High School

3,549

Associates
Degree

549

Bachelor's
Degree

876

Graduate
Degree

530

Average Commute Time

18 min.



Resident Commuters

3,966

Non-Resident Commuters

1,024

Drive Alone

3,823

Carpooled

818

Public

13

Work At Home

181


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