Auburn-Opelika : Alabama

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What it's Like to Retire in Auburn-Opelika

Auburn-Opelika is a metropolitan area in Alabama which comprises Auburn and Opelika as well as several other incorporated and unincorporated communities. The latter has about 26,000 residents while Auburn has 56,000. This is a college town - Auburn University is located in Auburn with its 27,000 students. This pleasant city of  Auburn has a population over 53,000 with many cultural, shopping, and recreational resources is one of the fastest growing towns in the country. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: downtown and Library by Saverivers, and Samford Hall (Auburn U) by Autier.

 

Where to Retire in Auburn-Opelika and Home Prices

There are several active adult communities in Auburn-Opelika (see link at right). 
Zillow.com showed the median sales price of a home in Auburn to be about $218,000 in 2016 ,while the figure was $159,000 in Opelika.

 

What is special about Auburn-Opelika

The presence of Auburn University is a major plus for Auburn-Opelika. There are many parks with bike and walking trails. Auburn is the home to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art as well as the Tellfair Peet Theatre. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has one of its finest venues in the Auburn-Opelika area.  Lake Martin is a huge lake that is nearby; it is one of the most popular lakes in Alabama and a place where many retire or have second homes.

 

What is not special about Auburn-Opelika

Auburn and Opelika can be very hot and humid in the summer (Opelika is an Indian word that means swamp).  The cost of living is expensive for Alabama and the south in general.
 

Who will like retirement in Auburn-Opelika

Foks who want to live in a university town with all of its attractions will like Auburn.  The town caters to a more affluent set.
 

Local economy is driven by

Both Auburn and Opelika have been striving and succeeding in diversifying their economies. Auburn's main industry is the university, although there are some technology parks.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Auburn-Opelika is located in east central Alabama. The average July high temperature is 90 and the average January high is 55 (the average low is 34). The wettest month is March (6").
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The presence of a huge university like Auburn adds much to the cultural mix, including many restaurants.  Auburn is the home to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, which hosts a collection of primarily 19th and 20th century American and European art.  There is the Auburn Community Orchestra as well as the Telfair Peet Theatre.  The Auburn Area Community Theater (AACT), performs three productions a year. 
 

Crime

Crime appears to be at the average U.S. level.
 

Medical facilities

East Alabama Medical Center is in Opelika.
 

Transportation

Although there is an airport in Auburn, the major commercial airports are about 2 hours away in Birmingham and Atlanta.
 

Valuable Links

Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

 

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Facts about AUBURN-OPELIKA
  • State: AL
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,Biking Community,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jb

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