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Living In Opelousas, LA

Opelousas, Louisiana is a small city with a population of just over 16,000. It's a nice place to raise a family, as children under 5 make up a larger portion of the population here (9%) than nationally (6%), while young professionals appear in smaller numbers. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just under 37, is younger than most cities in Louisiana. Residents are fairly evenly split between owning (52%) and renting (49%) their home, driven in part by a relatively affordable average rent that is $296 a month lower than the state average. Over the course of a year, renters in Opelousas will save around $3,600 compared to the state average.

Opelousas residents have an average commute of about 21 minutes, outperforming the Louisiana average of about 25 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the prevailing means of commuting to work, chosen by 28% of workers, while public transit isn't used much. Relatively few residents walk to work.

Many Opelousas residents work in one of two industries: healthcare and retail. Together, these industries account for 12% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's workers are in sales, which ranks as the top profession in the city. Opelousas workers earn an average annual income of around $34K, about $26,000 less than the Louisiana average. The city's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average, Opelousas has a relatively large concentration of residents over the age of 25 who have earned a high school degree or equivalent (23%). In addition, 5% have a Bachelor's degree and 3% have earned a Master's degree or Doctorate.



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