Why do people love Auburn/Opelika?

The twin cities of Auburn and Opelika are an eclectic combination of southern charm. The rich heritage and refined hospitality are captivating! The university community is filled with endless possibilities for you and your friends and family.

Located a short distanced from Atlanta, Birmingham, or Montgomery, the cities are situated conveniently – with easy access to Interstate 85 and Highways 280 and 431.


“An eclectic and diverse southern town, it’s genteel tradition juxtaposed comfortably alongside the progressive innovation…”


World-class golf along the renowned Robert Trent Jones Trail is just one of the reasons Golf Digest named Opelika the #1 Golf City in America and HGTV featured the area in their You Should Live Here series.

Discover a wealth of historic and cultural attractions in cities over 150 years old and the best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife a college town can offer. Enjoy the thrill of college football in the crisp autumn air, the sense of peace and renewal found among the blooming dogwoods and azaleas of spring, or the mild atmosphere of our winters and summers where activities abound for just about any interest.

Culturally rich heritage paired with the progressive university culture steeped in tradition makes Auburn-Opelika the premier destination for families, young professionals and retirees or empty-nesters.

Why do people love Auburn/Opelika?

  • Renewal unlike many citizens have experienced
  • Large auto industry has moved into Alabama
  • Conveniently located at the intersections of I-85, US highway 280, and US Hwy 431, one hour and fifiteen minutes southewest of atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
  • Location for manufacturing, retail, and housing growth.
  • Live, learn, play and prosper
  • People are gracious, environment is beautifu, quality of life is something we’re all proud of.
  • Rich heritage
  • Embrace the bright and promising possibilities of the fture
  • Progressive city
  • Cultural, recreational, educational opportunities for all citiziens
  • Attractive place for new business and industry
  • Two thriving downtown areas with local and national businesses and community events

CNNMoney Ranks Auburn a “Best Place to Live”

August 20, 2012

CNNMoney.com has has named Auburn one of the top 100 “Best Places to Live” for 2012. Auburn is the only Alabama community to make the list, which focuses on “America’s Best Small Cities.” Auburn is also ranked 14th for the shortest commute in a breakdown of quality of life elements. The article calls Auburn a “serious college town,” with a downtown area that exudes “a surprising amount of variety and vibrancy.”

Smart Money Top 5 Places to Retire

August 6, 2012

With an orange tiger paw the size of a full city block and an 86,000-seat, orange-shirt-filled football stadium, Auburn is first and foremost a college town (one that lives for its football team — the Auburn University Tigers). But residents don’t need to be 19-year-old college students to enjoy life here. The presence of the university means that retirees have access to the school’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as many cultural amenities. There’s the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at, which hosts a permanent collection of American and European Art. And the city’s festivals include Auburn CityFest, an outdoor spring arts festival attracting more than 10,000 visitors, and On the Tracks, a series of mini food festivals in the spring and fall in which the area’s restaurateurs offer up their best food and wine.

Forbes Ranks Auburn in Top 25 Best Small Places for Business and Careers

June 29, 2012

Forbes.com has ranked Auburn as the #17 Best Small Place for Business and Careers. The top 25 cities were chosen out of 184 metropolitan statistical areas with populations under 245,000. Forbes considered several factors including employment, housing, education and quality of life.

Auburn is one of three southern cities ranked in the top 25 places for business and careers, and the only Alabama city to place in the top 50. “It’s great to see our city compare well with cities across the nation when it comes to business and careers,” said Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. “It’s always gratifying when the national media recognizes what those of us who live here already know – that Auburn is a great place to live and work,” Ham added.

By the numbers

  • Population: 53,979
  • Median home cost: $164,200
  • Cost of living: 1.1% lower than average
  • Unemployment: 7.8%
  • Source: Sperling’s Best Places

But above all, and second only to a Tiger football game, retirees here like to golf, residents say. Auburn was ranked the number one golf city in America by Golf Digest — for good reason. It’s home to the renowned Grand National courses (part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail) — boasting 54 holes, many surrounding the 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee. There’s also Auburn Links, an 18-hole, par 72 course designed by architect Ward Northrup that sits along the picturesque Parkerson Mill Creek; and Indian Pines, an 18-hole, par 71 course, which boasts an island green in the middle of the lake.

While sales tax here is high (8%, compared to a nationwide average of 6.8%), overall, the overall cost of living is still low. The median home costs just $164,200, well below average. Plus, Auburn has a major medical center in town and is just an hour from Montgomery and two from Atlanta.

For more information, contact the Office of the City Manager at 501-7260.


Information provided by www.aotourism.com.