Auburn-Opelika is located centrally in the Southeastern region of the United States, within close proximity to domestic airports and a not too distant drive away from some of the area's liveliest cities. The convenience of flying in and driving over from Atlanta is unrivaled.
The railroad tracks that travel through Opelika’s Historic Downtown have become a lively, bustling place for a diverse community to gather. It’s home to entrepreneurs and their thriving businesses. Restaurants, a brewery, a distillery, stylish boutiques and others proudly source local goods to craft their offerings. Downtown Opelika is charming and endearing - preserving and honoring tradition. The community has worked together to strengthen the area’s economy over the last decade and will continue to generate future opportunity for business.
Auburn-Opelika has a diverse population, with a significant international presence due to a large number of international students enrolled at Auburn University. Many other foreign nationals live and work in the community, and it is estimated that two of three residents are from other parts of the country, creating a cosmopolitan feel. With the hub of the Auburn-Opelika region being Auburn University, this creates a different feel to most small cities as there is a strong sense of community pride. Auburn University is in the SEC, one of the top athletic conferences, meaning there are lots of major sporting events year round which residents are always excited about and eager to support.
Auburn-Opelika has received numerous accolades over the past decade, including mentions in the following shortlists; Forbes Fastest Growing Small MSA in the Nation, Expansion Management’s Top Small Metros for Recruitment & Attraction and Entrepreneur's Best Small City to Start and Grow Business. The national recognition clearly demonstrates this area is flourishing and has a wealth of residents and local businesses that work hard and support one another.