Rebecca Bedsole of The Corner reported last month that Auburn is ranked number 16 among best small metro areas to launch a business, according to

This isn’t the first time Auburn has fallen into the limelight for such matters, however.  U.S. News and World Report ranked Auburn among the top 10 places to live in 2009.

Phillip Dunlap, director of Economic Development for Auburn, first arrived in Auburn in 1984 when the population was just over 28,000 – closer to the number of students enrolled today at Auburn University instead of 56,000 current residents.

Auburn has nearly doubled in size in a quarter century!

Population growth had to come from somewhere; so how did folks get here?

Dunlap says that we have gone from 840 jobs to nearly 4,000 jobs, bringing not only people to the area, but revenue as well.

But again, it’s not just jobs.  Auburn City School Systems have been ranked in the top 100 school systems in the nation by Offspring Parenting.  Even better, Newsweek ranked Auburn High School in the top 2 percent of all high schools in the United States.

I always knew that Auburn, Alabama was the Loveliest Village On The Plains, but I had no idea how many honors it holds.

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