is a city located in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
. As of the 2000
census, the city had a total population of 22,860.
Geography\nOpelousas is located at 30°31'41" North, 92°5'4" West (30.528183, -92.084406)1
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 18.3 km²
). 18.3 km² (7.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.
Demographics\nAs of the census
, there are 22,860 people, 8,699 households, and 5,663 families residing in the city. The population density
is 1,250.2/km² (3,240.0/mi²). There are 9,783 housing units at an average density of 535.0/km² (1,386.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 29.30% White, 69.12% African American
, 0.10% Native American
, 0.32% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population are Hispanic
of any race.
There are 8,699 households out of which 32.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.7% are married couples living together, 26.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% are non-families. 32.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.54 and the average family size is 3.24.
In the city the population is spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $14,717, and the median income for a family is $19,966. Males have a median income of $24,588 versus $17,104 for females. The per capita income for the city is $9,957. 43.1% of the population and 37.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 57.2% are under the age of 18 and 32.0% are 65 or older.