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Welcome to Opelika ...

The city of Opelika is located in Lee County<1> and is the County Seat for Lee County.

The location of Opelika has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Opelika: oh-peh-like-uh<3>

When the people of Opelika refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Opelikian<4>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Opelika has a population of 30,908 people<5> (see below for details).

Opelika is 750 feet [229 m] above sea level.<6>.

Time Zone: Opelika lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Opelika (for example, toward Mountain Hill (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Opelika is located in the (334) area code.

The ZIP codes for Opelika: 36801-36804<7>

Websites for Opelika ...

Official Website:   www.opelika.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.opelika.com/

Junior League:   www.leecountyjuniorleague.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Opelika had an population of 30,908 people. This is an increase of 16.74% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 31.53% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Opelika had a population of 26,477 people (or 18.88% of the total population of Lee County). This makes Opelika the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Opelika represents 0.55% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 19th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 26,477 people, the population of Opelika increased 12.68% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 23,498 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Opelika.

Communities Also Named Opelika ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Opelika - it's located in Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Opelika.

Communities near Opelika ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Opelika.

  • Auburn [Lee County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Auburn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburn
    • Auburn [Lee County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<8> to the southwest of Opelika
    • Estimated population in 2019: 66,259 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburn
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburn<9>
  • Valley [Chambers County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley
    • Valley [Chambers County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<8> to the northeast of Opelika
    • Estimated population in 2019: 9,141 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Valley<9>
  • Lanett [Chambers County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lanett
    • Lanett [Chambers County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<8> to the northeast of Opelika
    • Estimated population in 2019: 6,151 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lanett
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lanett<9>
  • Smith's Station [Lee County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smith's Station have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smith's Station
    • Smith's Station [Lee County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<8> to the southeast of Opelika
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,391 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smith's Station
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • LaFayette [Chambers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for LaFayette
      • LaFayette [Chambers County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<8> to the north of Opelika
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,910 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on LaFayette
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for LaFayette<9>
    • Camp Hill [Tallapoosa County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camp Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp Hill
      • Camp Hill [Tallapoosa County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<8> to the northwest of Opelika
      • Estimated population in 2019: 950 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Camp Hill<9>
    • Notasulga [Macon County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Notasulga have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Notasulga
      • Notasulga [Macon County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<8> to the southwest of Opelika
      • Estimated population in 2019: 823 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Notasulga
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Notasulga<9>
    • Loachapoka [Lee County]
    • Waverly [Lee County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waverly have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waverly
      • Waverly [Lee County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<8> to the northwest of Opelika
      • Estimated population in 2019: 144 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waverly
    • Cusseta [Chambers County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cusseta have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cusseta
      • Cusseta [Chambers County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<8> to the northeast of Opelika
      • Estimated population in 2019: 124 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cusseta
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cusseta<9>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Opelika. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Opelika.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Opelika. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Opelika.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Opelika. Our list includes 40 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Opelika.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Opelika ...

Looking for more information about Opelika? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Opelika, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Opelika.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Opelika: www.opelika.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Lee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Opelika. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Opelika refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Opelika may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<5>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Opelika.
<6>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Opelika - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Opelika). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Opelika or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Opelika includes: 36801, 36802, 36803 & 36804.
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Opelika) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Opelika. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Opelika

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opelika. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6600, Longitude: -85.3803       In this case, the coordinates for Opelika have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<9>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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