Auburn is a small, friendly university town in the rolling hills of east central Alabama, with a population around 60,000. It is conveniently located along Interstate 85, less than 60 miles northeast of Alabama’s capital city of Montgomery; about 30 miles northwest of Columbus, Georgia; and 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Alabama’s Gulf Shores can be reached in less than four hours.
The City of Auburn and Auburn University share a special relationship, including partnerships such as the Yarbrough Tennis Center and the Auburn Research Park. The famed Toomer’s Corner not only marks the spot where the city and university intersect, but it is a widely popular place for the city and university communities alike to gather in celebration.
Auburn residents overwhelmingly rate the city as a great place to live, work and raise children, but don’t just take their word for it. Forbes has consistently ranked Auburn on its lists for Best Places to Retire and Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Auburn City Schools has consistently been ranked among the top public school systems in the state and nation.
Opelika, Auburn’s sister city, is full of quaint charm and rich in heritage. It is a vibrant small town with a high quality of life for its nearly 30,000 residents. It remains one of the few cities to provide low-cost electric power through a municipally-owned electric department.
Opelika is the county seat for Lee County, the eighth largest county by population in Alabama. It is home to the Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center; a branch of Southern Union State Community College, one of 27 institutions in the Alabama Community College System; and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, host of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.
The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center host plays, ballets and as art studio, with Auburn University's Telfair Peet Theater features plays and musicals. The 29,000 square foot Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art houses the university's art collection, including works by Georgia O'Keefe, Jacob Lawrence and John James Audubon.
Concerts, clubs and professional sporting events are a short drive away in Birmingham and Atlanta. Locally, Chewacla State Park has 696 acres offering a variety of recreational activities. In the Auburn area, there are six 18-hole golf courses open to the general public, including the world-class Grand National course on the famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.