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Auburn/Opelika Named One of the Best Places to Live by
US News & World Report for 2009

U.S. News looked at areas with strong economies, low living costs, and plenty of fun things to do
By Luke Mullins - June 8, 2009

#2 Auburn, Alabama

For Southern charm with collegiate vigor, consider Auburn, Ala. This diamond on the eastern Alabama plains has a population of just under 50,000 and is home to Auburn University. On football Saturdays, when die-hard fans arrive in droves to cheer their beloved Tigers, Auburn swells to the state's fifth-most-populous city. And as Auburn's largest employer, the university also plays a starring role in the local economy.

With mild winters and hot summers, the city offers no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities. Find a nice hiking trail in the 696-acre Chewacla State Park before cooling off with an afternoon swim. Take a stroll through the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, located on the Auburn University campus.

Golfers can head to nearby Grand National golf course and wend their way through the state along the beautiful Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. "Once you have been there, you just want to come back," says John Cannon, president of SunBelt Golf Corp., which manages the trail.

This honor ties in nicely with the Parade of Homes kickoff Friday at National Village, a new residential golf community next to Grand National in Opelika. The Tour of Homes will be the next two weekends in the Auburn/Opelika area and is sponsored by the East Alabama Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

For more on National Village, the Parade of Homes kickoff event and RTJ Grand National, contact Bill Lang at (205) 965-9574.

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