Opelika, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Opelika, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Opelika had a population of 29,531 as of July 1, 2017. Opelika ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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, 2017.

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

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Opelika, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 29,531
Daytime Population: Workers 22,127
Daytime Population: Residents 16,697
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 38,824
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.31
Population in Households 28,882
Population in Familes 23,570
Population in Group Qrtrs 649
Population Density2 495
Diversity Index3 61


Median Household Income $40,263
Average Household Income $58,408
Per Capita Income $23,310


Total Housing Units 12,963 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,862 (52.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,850 (37.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,251 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $153,008
Average Home Value $189,924


Total Households 11,712
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 7,781
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.52% 1.36%
Households 1.49% 1.37%
Families 1.31% 1.24%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   2.58%

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, 2017 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 Density # 139 76th
Diversity Index # 19 97th
Median Household Income # 253 57th
Per Capita Income # 178 69th

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