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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

16,032

Population
Growth Rate

-0.36%

Median Age

35

Diversity Index

41.000

Housing & Income

Households

6,193

Total Housing Units

7,213


Owner Occupied

2,751

Renter Occupied

3,442

Vacant

1,020

Median Home Value

$101,010


Average Home Value

$151,881

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.32%


Per Capita Income

1.02%

Income Projection

Median Household

$18,480 $18,525


Average Household

$38,866 $40,802


Per Capita

$15,370 $16,171

Workforce

Total Businesses

920

Total Employed

10,482

Workers 16+

5,074

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

115

Employed

2,929

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

171

Employed

2,175

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

23

Employed

900

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

60

Employed

785

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

54

Employed

711

2020 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

144

Employed

693

Some
High School

1,421

Graduated
High School

3,572

Associates
Degree

617

Bachelor's
Degree

943

Graduate
Degree

516

Average Commute Time

18 min.



Resident Commuters

3,880

Non-Resident Commuters

1,174

Drive Alone

4,082

Carpooled

598

Public

13

Work At Home

212


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