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Welcome to Opelika ...

The pronunciation of Opelika: oh-peh-like-uh<1>

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

When the people of Opelika refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Opelikian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Opelika has a population of 30,240 people<3> (see below for details).

Opelika is 750 feet [229 m] above sea level.<4>.

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 Hamilton (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Opelika is within the boundaries of the (334) area code.

The ZIP codes for Opelika: 36801-36804<5>

Population Details ...

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 (with a count of 23,498 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Opelika had an population of 30,240 people. This is an increase of 14.21% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 28.69% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Opelika ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<6>.

Community   2017
Auburn   [Map]   63,973   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
Camp Hill   [Map]   964   NW   18 miles [29 km]
LaFayette   [Map]   2,944   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Lanett   [Map]   6,271   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Loachapoka   [Map]   199   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
Notasulga   [Map]   843   SW   18 miles [29 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Opelika. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Opelika. Our list includes 40 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Opelika:

Websites for Opelika ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

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 get an overview with links that will help you to 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Opelika.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Opelika - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>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.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Opelika. A straight line distance ignores things 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 for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Opelika

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opelika. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6600, Longitude: -85.3803     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Opelika have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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