Opelousas, LA

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Population

83,580

0.142% decline

Median Age

36.2


Median Household Income

$32,163

2.35% growth

Poverty Rate

27.9%


Number of Employees

30,554

1.05% decline

Median Property Value

$99,200

4.2% growth

About

In 2017, Opelousas, LA had a population of 83.6k people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $32,163. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Opelousas, LA declined from 83,699 to 83,580, a -0.142% decrease and its median household income grew from $31,424 to $32,163, a 2.35% increase.

The population of Opelousas, LA is 54.6% White Alone, 41% Black or African American Alone, and 2.01% Hispanic or Latino. 9.51% of the people in Opelousas, LA speak a non-English language, and 99.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Opelousas, LA are Louisiana Academy of Beauty (25 degrees awarded in 2016) and Opelousas School of Cosmetology (18 degrees).

The median property value in Opelousas, LA is $99,200, and the homeownership rate is 69.8%. Most people in Opelousas, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Opelousas, LA is 2 cars per household.

Opelousas, LA borders Baton Rouge, LA and Lafayette, LA.

Economy

The economy of Opelousas, LA employs 30.6k people. The largest industries in Opelousas, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,983 people), Retail Trade (3,782 people), and Educational Services (2,746 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,766), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,112), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($54,063).

Median household income in Opelousas, LA is $32,163. Males in Opelousas, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Opelousas, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,163

2017 value

± $1,363

2.35%

1 Year Growth

± 6.15%

Households in Opelousas, LA have a median annual income of $32,163, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $31,424 in 2016, which represents a 2.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Opelousas, LA made 1.55 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Opelousas, LA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Opelousas, LA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Opelousas, LA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Opelousas, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Opelousas, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $70,561, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $67,396 and $60,471.

The following map shows all of the counties in Opelousas, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Opelousas, LA (22.9k out of 82.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    14,258 ± 728

  2. White

    8,136 ± 687

  3. Two Or More

    538 ± 229

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Opelousas, LA is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

30.6k

2017 Value

± 1,339

-1.05%

1 Year decline

± 6.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Opelousas, LA declined at a rate of -1.05%, from 30.9k employees to 30.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Opelousas, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,283 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,509 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,461 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Opelousas, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Opelousas, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,283 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,509 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,461 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Opelousas, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.02 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.75 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.67 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Opelousas, LA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($75,625), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,625), and Management Occupations ($60,363).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.6k

2017 Value

± 1,339

-1.05%

1 Year decline

± 6.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Opelousas, LA declined at a rate of -1.05%, from 30.9k employees to 30.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Opelousas, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,983 people), Retail Trade (3,782 people), and Educational Services (2,746 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Opelousas, LA, though some of these residents may live in Opelousas, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Opelousas, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,983 people), Retail Trade (3,782 people), and Educational Services (2,746 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Opelousas, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (10 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.41 times), and Construction (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Opelousas, LA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,766), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,112), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($54,063).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. with $69.1B and Basic chemicals and $38B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.4% of the population of Opelousas, LA has health coverage, with 45% on employee plans, 20.3% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 8.33% on non-group plans, and 0.641% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Opelousas, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Opelousas, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1527 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.6%

Uninsured

45%

Employer Coverage

20.3%

Medicaid

13%

Medicare

8.33%

Non-Group

0.641%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Opelousas, LA declined by 10.1% from 14.1% to 12.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Opelousas, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Opelousas, LA is home to a population of 83.6k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.2% of Opelousas, LA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Opelousas, LA is composed of 45.7k White Alone residents (54.6%), 34.3k Black or African American Alone residents (41%), 1.68k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.01%), 1.31k Two or More Races residents (1.57%), 304 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.364%), 258 Asian Alone residents (0.309%), 96 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.115%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Opelousas, LA are French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (5,875 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (801 speakers), and French Creole (350 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Opelousas, LA was 36.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Opelousas, LA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Opelousas, LA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.07%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.2% of Opelousas, LA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Opelousas, LA was 1.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Opelousas, LA was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Opelousas, LA residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

99.1%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.1% of Opelousas, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Opelousas, LA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    45.7k ± 147

  2. Black or African American Alone

    34.3k ± 378

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.68k ± 321

In 2017, there were 1.33 times more White Alone residents (45.7k people) in Opelousas, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.3k Black or African American Alone and 1.68k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Opelousas, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    5,875 speakers (7.62%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    801 speakers (1.04%)

  3. French Creole

    350 speakers (0.454%)

9.51% of Opelousas, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Opelousas, LA was French (Incl. Patois, Cajun). 7.62% of the overall population of Opelousas, LA are native French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) speakers. 1.04% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.454% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun), the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,176 ± 177

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    384 ± 150

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    349 ± 104

Opelousas, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.06 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Opelousas, LA awarded 43 degrees. The student population of Opelousas, LA is skewed towards women, with 2 male students and 56 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Opelousas, LA are White (27 and 62.8%), followed by Black or African American (16 and 37.2%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Opelousas, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana Academy of Beauty (25 and 58.1%) and Opelousas School of Cosmetology (18 and 41.9%).

The most popular majors in Opelousas, LA are General Cosmetology (42 and 97.7%) and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (1 and 2.33%).

The median tuition costs in Opelousas, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 42 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Opelousas, LA was General Cosmetology with 42 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Opelousas, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 25 degrees awarded

  2. 18 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Opelousas, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana Academy of Beauty with 25 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0

Degrees Awarded to Men

43

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Opelousas, LA, which is 0 times less than the 43 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    27 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    16 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Opelousas, LA were to White students. These 27 degrees mean that there were 1.69 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 16 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Opelousas, LA was $99,200 in 2017, which is 0.456 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $95,200 to $99,200, a 4.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Opelousas, LA is 69.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Opelousas, LA have an average commute time of 25.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Opelousas, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$32,163

Median Household Income

± $1,363

30.5k

Number of Households

± 1,164

In 2017, the median household income of the 30.5k households in Opelousas, LA grew to $32,163 from the previous year's value of $31,424.

The following chart displays the households in Opelousas, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$99,200

2017 Median

± $2,856

$95,200

2016 Median

± $4,243

In 2017, the median property value in Opelousas, LA grew to to $99,200 from the previous year's value of $95,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Opelousas, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Opelousas, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Opelousas, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Opelousas, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

69.8%

2017 Homeownership

69.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.8% of the housing units in Opelousas, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Opelousas, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Opelousas, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Opelousas, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

25.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Opelousas, LA have a longer commute time (25.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.8% of the workforce in Opelousas, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.08%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.34%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Opelousas, LA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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