Opelika, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Opelika, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Opelika had a population of 28,948 as of July 1, 2016. Opelika ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Opelika is located at latitude 32.6607 and longitude -85.3789 in Lee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Opelika (see map below) encompass a land area of 59.65 sq. miles and a water area of 0.92 sq. miles. Lee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 807 feet.

The City of Opelika (GNIS ID: 2404435) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Opelika is located within Auburn-Opelika Division of Lee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Opelika population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Opelika: Big Swamp, Opelikan, Opillaka, Owls Roost.

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Opelika, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 28,948
Population in Households 28,358
Population in Familes 23,321
Population in Group Qrtrs 590
Population Density1 485
Diversity Index2 61


Total Households 11,335
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 7,629
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 12,649 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,870 (54.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,464 (35.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,314 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $146,580
Average Home Value $184,072


Median Household Income $38,597
Average Household Income $55,217
Per Capita Income $21,770
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.44% 1.64%
Households 1.2% 1.5%
Families 1.21% 1.47%
Median Household Income   1.09%
Per Capita Income   1.43%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Opelika, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Opelika to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 17 97th
Population Density1 # 149 74th
Diversity Index2 # 20 97th
Median Household Income # 259 56th
Per Capita Income # 199 66th

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