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Opelousas, Louisiana

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Welcome to Opelousas ...

The city of Opelousas is located in Saint Landry Parish and is the Parish Seat for Saint Landry Parish.

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Opelousas has a population of 16,126 people<1> (see below for details).

Opelousas was established in 1720.

The community of Opelousas is 70 feet [21 m] above sea level.<2>.

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

Opelousas is within the boundaries of the (337) area code.

The ZIP codes for Opelousas: 70570-70571<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Opelousas had a population of 16,634 people (which is 19.95% of the total population of Saint Landry Parish). This makes Opelousas the parish's most populous community.

The population of Opelousas represents 0.37% of the total population of Louisiana (which has 4,533,372 people), making it the state's 19th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 16,634 people, the population of Opelousas decreased 27.24% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 22,860 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Opelousas had an population of 16,126 people. This is a decrease of 3.05% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 29.46% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Opelousas ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Carencro   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<4> to the South (S) of Opelousas

Located in Lafayette Parish

Ville Platte   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Opelousas

Located in Evangeline Parish

Church Point   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Opelousas

Located in Acadia Parish

Sunset   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) of Opelousas

Port Barre   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) of Opelousas

Krotz Springs   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) of Opelousas

Leonville   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Opelousas

Arnaudville   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Opelousas

Grand Coteau   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) of Opelousas

Cankton   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) of Opelousas

To learn more about neighboring communities and parishes, please visit the Nearby Page for Opelousas.

Websites for Opelousas ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Opelousas. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Opelousas. 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 Opelousas. Our list includes 32 papers.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Opelousas ...

Looking for more information about Opelousas? 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 Opelousas, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Opelousas.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Opelousas:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Opelousas.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Opelousas - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>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 Opelousas). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Opelousas or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Opelousas includes: 70570 & 70571.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Opelousas) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opelousas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5328, Longitude: -92.0811     [Map].

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