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Opelousas is in Saint Landry Parish.

It is the parish seat.

The community was named for Indian tribe

The latitude of Opelousas is 30.533N. The longitude is -92.081W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 69 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 22,753.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$14,717
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Opelousas demographic reports
Opelousas is in Cajun country
Confederate capital of Louisiana during the Civil War
Well-known residents have included:
· Jim Bowie, frontiersman
· Clifton Chenier, Zydeco musician
Local festivals include:
  • Spice & Music Festival - June 1-3, 2007
  • Juneteenth Folklife Celebration - June 16, 2007
  • Zydeco Extravaganza - May 27, 2007
Dates often change. Check Opelousas web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area
Historic sites and museums: Jim Bowie Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Opelousas demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Saint Landry Parish economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lafayette area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 70570 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

2% of Opelousas residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Opelousas ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Opelousas was $9,957, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

11% of Opelousas residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Opelousas, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $204.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $619.


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Libraries

Libraries in Opelousas include Opelousas-Eunice Libraries ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Opelousas include Opelousas Daily World

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Politics

Saint Landry Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Opelousas political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Opelousas workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Opelousas between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Opelousas include Best Western of Opelousas, Holiday Inn Hotel Suites Opelousas, Opelousas Days Inn & Suites.

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