Located in east central Alabama along I-85, Auburn is home to Auburn University. Over the last 20 years, Auburn has developed a diversified industrial base representing approximately 4,500 jobs. The Auburn Technology Park West is allowing for additional growth of the industrial base in Auburn while the Auburn Research Park is targeting knowledge-based operations that seek the affiliation with Auburn University. Auburn is within 1.5 hours drive time from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and within 2 hours from the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. The city’s general aviation airport, Auburn University Regional Airport, recently expanded to include a new 26,000 square feet terminal & flight line. Auburn (pop. 53,380) is the largest city in its Metropolitan Area and one of the fastest growing nationally. Auburn City Schools is the 6th fastest growing school district in Alabama, and is among the top public school systems in the state and in the nation.
Since 2008, the city has received the following national recognition: Princeton Review 2012 “#4 College in the U.S. with the Best Quality of Life;” Livability.com 2011 “#6 College Town in the U.S.;” Southern Living Magazine 2011 “One of the South’s Best College Towns;” BusinessWeek 2011 “Best Affordable Place in Alabama;” Forbes 2010 “#6 Best Small Place for Business and Careers in the U.S.;” Forbes 2009 “#10 Best Small Place for Business and Careers in the U.S.;” Forbes 2009 “#1 in Projected Job Growth in the U.S.;” U.S. News & World Report 2009 “Top 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S.;” BusinessWeek 2009 “Best City for Business Start-Up in Alabama;” CNNMoney.com 2009 “16th Best Small Place to Launch a Business in the U.S.;” Where to Retire Magazine 2009 “Top Places to Retire;” NBC Today Show 2008 “Great Place to Live;” Inc.com 2008 “5th Best City for Doing Business in the U.S.;” Forbes 2008 “6th Fastest Growing Metro in the U.S.”
Contact: Phillip Dunlap
Economic Development Director, City of Auburn