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

15,904

Population
Growth Rate

-0.54%

Median Age

35

Diversity Index

41.100

Housing & Income

Households

6,101

Total Housing Units

7,223


Owner Occupied

2,733

Renter Occupied

3,368

Vacant

1,122

Median Home Value

$94,346


Average Home Value

$123,967

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.58%


Per Capita Income

1.15%

Income Projection

Median Household

$20,966 $22,428


Average Household

$36,459 $38,662


Per Capita

$14,645 $15,506

Workforce

Total Businesses

904

Total Employed

11,042

Workers 16+

4,947

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

2

Employed

44

Mining

Businesses

2

Employed

8

Utilities

Businesses

2

Employed

36

Construction

Businesses

23

Employed

166

Manufacturing

Businesses

17

Employed

453

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

18

Employed

125

Some
High School

1,670

Graduated
High School

3,613

Associates
Degree

482

Bachelor's
Degree

754

Graduate
Degree

522

Average Commute Time

20 min.



Resident Commuters

3,776

Non-Resident Commuters

1,171

Drive Alone

3,853

Carpooled

657

Public

0

Work At Home

161


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