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.