Quality of Life in Auburn

Auburn has been able to balance its small town flavor with solid patterns of economic growth. It has been able to avoid urban sprawl and the unnecessary destruction of natural spaces through the use of smart and strategic economic growth practices. This type of economic development and the high quality of life that Auburn has been able to provide its citizens has been recognized by multiple well respected publications. For example, in 2013 United States Census Buearu dubbed Auburn as the "14th Fastest Growing City in the U.S." In 2014, Forbes Magazine recognized Auburn as the "Top 25 City for Retirement in the U.S." Forbes Magazine also recognized Auburn a year earlier, in 2013, as being "10th Best Small City for Jobs in the U.S." In addition, in 2014, Movoto Real Estate recognized Auburn as being the "Best City in Alabama." Auburn has more than demonstrated that it is a safe, cost-effective place to live and raise a family.

Auburn University is home to states largest university in Alabama. AU is a comprehensive land-grant, doctoral-granting institution that is classified as a research institution with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation.


Auburn is conveniently along Interstate 85 in east central Alabama (Lee County) at the junction of the Piedmont Plateau and Coastal Plains. Auburn is 60 miles northeast of Montgomery, Alabama; 40 miles northwest of Columbus, Georgia; and 120 miles southeast of Birmingham, Alabama


Auburn enjoys a warm and sunny climate with mild winters. Auburn has an average annual rainfall of 53 inches (1,346 mm) and an average annual temperature of 64° F.

SeasonAvg. HighAvg. Low
Winter 58° F (14° C) 36° F (2° C)
Spring 74° F (23° C) 52° F (11° C)
Summer 89° F (32° C) 69° F (21° C)
Fall 78° F (26° C) 54° F (12° C)
Annual 75° F (24° C) 53° F (12° C)


Auburn is connected to major metropolitan areas by Interstate 85 and US Highway 280 and has rail service by CSX Transportation. The Auburn-Opelika Airport with a 5,265 feet lighted runway accommodates small to medium size jets. Auburn is within 100 miles of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and within 60 miles of two regional airports with commercial service (Columbus and Montgomery).


According to the 2010 census, the population of Auburn was 53,380 persons. Since 1960, Auburn has averaged slightly more than 3% in population growth per year. Fifty-seven (57%) of the population above the age of 25 have graduate or professional degrees.


Primary and Secondary: The City of Auburn and Lee County offer numerous accredited schools with a variety of programs for special and/or gifted children.

  • Auburn City School District is the fastest growing school district in Alabama over the last 5 years and is accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (CASI), and the Advanced Accreditation Commission.
  • Auburn High School was voted the #4 Best Public High School in the State in 2013 and #354 Best in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine 2010.
  • Auburn City Schools was named the "1st SMART Showcase District in the U.S." due to the fact that almost every classroom in the Auburn City Schools district has a SMART interactive white board.

    For more information, visit www.auburnschools.org
  • Lee-Scott Academy is an excellent private alternative located in Auburn, Alabama. The school is considered to be a college preparatory school that offers quality elementary and secondary school educations. Lee-Scott Academy recently received the AISA Blue Ribbon School designation for the 2010 - 2011 school years.

    For more information, visit www.lee-scott.org
  • The Village Montessori School is a nondiscriminatory, non- profit school that is characterized by an emphasis on intellectual independence. Students are allowed to choose their activity from a designated set of options. The school promotes parental involvement at every level.

    For more information, visit www.villageschoolauburn.com
  • Southern Union State Junior College, located in Opelika, Alabama, is a two year public college that operates as part of The Alabama College System. The College offers a variety of programs that allows students to advance to immediate employment or to use their course hours as a transfer to a four year college or university.

    For more information, visit www.suscc.edu


The 352-bed East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) is an acute-care regional referral center serving more than 150,000 people annually in east Alabama and west Georgia with approximately 150 physicians in more than 30 different specialties. EAMC is the area's second largest employer with more than 2,600 people and has facilities in Auburn and Opelika. The hospital was named one of the top 100 cardiac care hospitals in the United States. In addition, EAMC was deemed one of the "Top 100 Strongest Hospitals in the U.S." by iVantage Health Analytics in 2013. And in 2011, WomenCertified designated the hospital as a "Top Hospital for Patient Experience in the U.S."


The City of Auburn, through its Parks and Recreation Department, offers a variety of athletic programs and recreation activities. Auburn maintains and offers a variety of services through multiple recreation facilities, 11 parks, six walking trails, and more than 44 miles of bike paths. Auburn is one of 150 U.S. cities to be named a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists and remains the only Bicycle Friendly Community in Alabama. Some other areas of recreation within Auburn include: 40 tennis courts; an award winning softball complex; two soccer complexes; two baseball complexes, two swimming pool facilities, recreation centers, and many others for adults and children.

Chewacla State Park, adjacent to Auburn, offers 696 acres of park land with picnicking, boating, swimming, and hiking. Nearby Tuskegee National Forest offers camping, biking and hiking trails, wildlife viewing areas, picnicking and many ther attractions. Lake Martin which is a 40,000 acre lake for boating and fishing is within 30 minutes of Auburn and Lake Harding is a 5,850 acre reservoir on the Chattahoochee River 10 miles from Auburn offering fishing, boating and more.


The Auburn/Opelika area offers approximately 162 holes of golf on six public and private courses. In 2005, Golf Digest considered Auburn as the "#1 Metro for Golf in the U.S."

Auburn Links at Mill Creek

  • 2005 Golf Digest - "1 Metro Area in America for Golf"
  • 2008 Golf Digest - "4 - Star Golf Course"

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National

  • 2009 Golf World - "#1 Location for Public Golf"
  • 2010 Golf Digest - "Top 10 Affordable Courses"

Saugahatchee Country Club

  • Golf Digest ranks this course as one of the "Top 5 Golf Courses in Alabama"

Cultural Activities

The City of Auburn supports the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center that hosts plays, ballets, and an art studio. Auburn University is home to the Telfair Peet Theater that presents plays and musicals, and the 40,000 square foot Jule Collins Smith Museum for art. In addition, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival with internationally acclaimed professional performances is in nearby Montgomery, AL

Industrial and Commercial Development

The City's Economic Development Department, in partnership with the Industrial Development Board, has achieved considerable success in attracting small to medium-sized, technology-based companies and has created over 6000 jobs. These companies are located in three industrial-technology parks (fourth under development) that house more than 46 domestic and international companies. Services include a revolving loan fund program, partnerships with Auburn University, a small-business incubator, training assistance programs, and property tax abatements. Special incentives include site development grants through the Alabama Development office, Alabama Industrial Development Training, the Auburn Center for Developing Industries, and financing assistance through Industrial Development Bonds.

For more information see www.aotourism.com, www.auburnalabama.org or the Auburn Community Profile.

Auburn Research & Technology Foundation