The latest data is in and it shows that Auburn and Opelika are continuing to grow at impressive rates. In fact, the Auburn-Opelika area is one of the three fastest growing metro areas in the state of Alabama.
What’s driving growth in Auburn and Opelika? Let’s take a closer look at our spiking population.
Lee County is the Third Fastest Growing County in Alabama
The latest census data from 2015 shows that Lee County is one of three counties in Alabama driving the majority of growth in our state.
Baldwin County along the Gulf, Madison County on the Tennessee border, and Lee County accounted for 49% of residential growth in Alabama between 2010 and 2015.
Lee County has added thousands of new residents in the past few years. In 2015 alone, the county gained a net total of 2,567 residents – behind only Baldwin and Madison Counties in terms of net population growth.
The next 22 counties in Alabama combined only added up to 50.9% of the state’s population growth.
The majority of that growth occurred around Lee County’s two largest cities, Auburn and Opelika.
Why are so many thousands of people coming to Auburn and Opelika? You’ll find a few reasons below.
Auburn and Opelika Are Close Enough to Major Cities
You don’t move to Auburn and Opelika because you’re looking for a big city experience. The population of our twin cities adds up to around 150,000. That’s too big to be considered a small town, but too small to be considered a big city. Both Auburn and Opelika sit in a happy middle ground: it’s big enough to find plenty of things to do, but small enough to feel like a small town – especially with the population divided between the two cities.
Of course, big city experiences are never far away. Auburn and Opelika sit at the intersection of some major highways. I85 passes right through the cities. You’re about an hour away from Montgomery, Alabama and Columbus, GA.
Atlanta and Birmingham are two hours away. Mobile, Panama City, and the Gulf Coast are all about 3.5 hours away.
In Auburn and Opelika, you’re close enough to major cities while still enjoying a small town feel. You can get away and explore on weekends while still coming back to enjoy Auburn during the week.
Plenty of Outdoor Activities
Auburn and Opelika are close to plenty of outdoor activities to keep your weekends entertaining.
In town, you’ll find recreational opportunities like Chewacla State Park and some of the best golf courses in the state – including the world-famous Robert Trent Jones Grand National.
Or, if you want to travel outside Auburn, you can explore the entire RTJ Golf Trail. But the region around Auburn offers the best golf in the state of Alabama. You can golf almost year-round here. Many visitors come to the region exclusively for the golf. And if you can catch a Tigers game while you’re here, well that’s even better.
College Sports, Toomer’s Corner, The War Eagle, and Other AU Traditions
You don’t have to be a student to enjoy living in a college town. College towns are packed with energy. There’s something going on every night in some part of the city.
The AU Tigers are a constant source of entertainment in Auburn and Opelika. Yes, there’s the football team and the world-famous Jordan-Hare Stadium, with its War Eagle and other renowned traditions. But there are also men and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball teams to cheer for.
If you haven’t been down to Toomer’s Corner after a hometown victory, then you’re missing out.
Locals Love Living in Auburn
Maybe it’s the college atmosphere. Maybe it’s the reasonable cost of living. Or maybe it’s just the small town feel with big city amenities. Whatever the case may be, Auburn and Opelika’s populations are continuing to grow at a fast rate for good reasons.
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