Auburn-Opelika : Alabama


What It Is 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. Photo of Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, in the Public Domain , courtesy of Wikipedia and Carol M. Highsmith-Library of Congress; photo of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in the Public Domain, courtesy of Wikipedia and Saverivers at English Wikipedia; photo of Noble Hall, in the Public Domain, a historic plantation house in Auburn, Alabama listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is courtesy of Wikipedia and Rivers A. Langley.


Where to Retire in Auburn-Opelika and Home Prices

There are several active adult communities in Auburn-Opelika (see link at left). showed the median home value in Auburn to be $279,613, in mid-2021, while the figure was $197,911 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 appears to be at the average U.S. level.

Medical Facilities

East Alabama Medical Center is in Opelika.


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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