Opelousas, a suburban community in St. Landry Parish, about a half hour north of Lafayette, is recognized as a major destination for anyone interested in Cajun culture, Zydeco and Cajun music and the wonders of cooking with crawfish or boudin.
The region surrounding Lafayette in the southwest corner of the state has served as an important geographic, social, cultural and economic hub since its establishment at the turn of the 19th century. French-Canadian Acadians were among the early settlers here, joined by French Creoles soon after. The culinary and cultural contributions of these early settlers are still felt today.
Homebuyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds — a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and big-city amenities all at once — should look no further than the Opelousas area. Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas. Historic homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while the boldest of new designs can be found in other neighborhoods. Traditional ranch-style homes, cottages of every size and an unusual amount of vacant land ripe for welcome development are also available.
An historic downtown district, where the architectural wonders of the 1800’s have been brought back to service, is now an important meeting place for residents and tourists alike. Major businesses (tech-related and more traditional manufacturing, medical and military) provide well-paid employment to many area residents. And all of this is close to every aspect of Louisiana’s renowned hunting, fishing, biking and camping destinations.
Those looking for a new home or business in the area will find it to be a family-friendly and affordable place to live, a place that confidently displays some of the best characteristics of Louisiana.
Opelousas on the Map
Opelousas (25 minutes north of Lafayette, most of zip code 70570) runs approximately from Highway 167 and Grand Prairie Highway on the north, Thomassee Road and the city of Sunset on the south, Jack Fox Road on the west and Bayous Toulouse and Little Teche and Coulee Lanoire Street on the east.
Map of Opelousas, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
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Coteau Ridge custom built South Louisiana rustic style home with acreage overlooking large stocked pond – Opelousas, LA
How to get to and from Opelousas, LA
Opelousas, just north of Lafayette, is at the crossroads of I-49 and Highway 190. State and US highways also crisscross this southwest region of the state. Now considered a bedroom community of Lafayette, Opelousas is also about two hours from New Orleans, 90 minutes from Baton Rouge, and just over three hours to Houston on the west.
Lafayette Regional Airport services this part of the state with dozens of daily direct and connecting flights. A mass transit system plus major bus and rail lines also traverse the suburban communities surrounding Opelousas.
Custom three bedroom home with pool – Opelousas, LA
Residents who can trace their ancestry back hundreds of years — and new residents interested in the Cajun flavor of this part of Louisiana — happily call the Opelousas area their home. This region is dotted with Cajun and Zydeco dance halls and celebrated with annual festivals of food, music and culture. The region is also known for boudin making and for Cajun spice manufacturing and distributing. Swamp tours and day trips to all of Cajun country and recreational lakes help keep locals and tourists busy.
Opelousas includes an historic and revitalized downtown area where residents have strived to maintain the original architecture of both residential and commercial properties. This area, as a key component of historical and present-day heart of Cajun culture, is consequently home to a constantly expanding calendar of annual and special events. Among the most popular attractions are the Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, the Jim Bowie and Orphan Train exhibits, the Rural African American Museum, the Creole Heritage Folk Arts Center, the 19th-century cottages recreated at Le Vieux Village, the Cajun Music Hall of Fame (founded in 1997 in nearby Eunice), the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (part of Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve) and much more. Less than a half hour away in Lafayette, residents flock to even more festivals and outdoor concerts, plus sports and music events at the Cajundome Arena, Cajun Field and Blackham Coliseum. Touring and local concerts, opera and symphony performances, and a wealth of theater and museum options also entertain locals and visitors.
By living in Opelousas, residents are given the chance to embrace Louisiana’s rustic Acadian roots while enjoying this part of Louisiana’s mixture of big-city amenities and small-town comforts.
Custom built home on two acres with a stocked pond – Opelousas, LA
- Population: just under 17,000
- Households: nearly 8,000
- Schools: There are more than three dozen public, private and parochial schools (with access to more than 130 in Lafayette) and more than 30 privately owned preschools.
- Healthcare: Opelousas General Hospital is headquartered here, and area residents also have easy access to local medical facilities and clinics, as well as to the full-service hospitals, surgical and urgent care centers, medical office complexes, clinics and other facilities in Lafayette.
- Churches: There are more than 30 churches of every denomination in Opelousas and more than 100 others close by in Lafayette.