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A+ Auburn Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Auburn Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% higher than Alabama
1033% more expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Auburn cost of living
C Auburn Crime Total crime is 15% lower than Alabama
Total crime
2,9748% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 348% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Auburn crime
D+ Auburn Employment Household income is 13% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$38,91230% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,74614% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%24% lower than the US average
Auburn employment
F Auburn Housing Home value is 76% higher than Alabama
Median home value
$226,60023% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$83512% lower than the US average
Home ownership
44%31% lower than the US average
Auburn real estate or Auburn rentals
A- Auburn Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
63%28% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Auburn K-12 schools or Auburn colleges

Living in Auburn, AL

Auburn is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Alabama. The city has a population of 60,318 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (72% White). Given that fact, Auburn could be considered less diverse than other cities. Auburn tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 24 is far below the national average. Auburn has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 71% of the population is classified as married and 52% have kids.

Living in Auburn can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Alabama, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Auburn and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, employment and other important metrics.

Auburn, AL receives 74/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #44 in Alabama and #6,052 in the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Auburn has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B-) and education (A-). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Auburn. The following was graded with a discouraging score: housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Auburn on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Toomer's Corner, Chewacla State Park, and Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Auburn. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Auburn are affordable. Median real estate prices in Auburn come in at $226,600, which is 76.3% higher than the Alabama average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Auburn, the home price to income ratio is 5.8, which is 100% higher than the Alabama average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Auburn were 5.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.1%.

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Auburn is the best city I've lived in

Auburn has the best schools, best run city government, plus it feels new, young, and vibrant. I grew up in the Midwest, lived in Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas, and New York. Auburn beats them all for quality of life. Being a college town there are people from all over the US here. If you love golf we have lots of nice courses. My wife loves to shop at the mall and Tiger Town. Atlanta Hartsfield airport is straight up I85 and you will be there in an hour and a half. I have no idea why this website rates employment so low as we have more jobs than we have people. Cost of Living and Housing may be higher than the Alabama average but that's not saying much in such a poor state. Auburn is like an island. Crime is very low here, violent crime is almost non-existent. If you search Auburn you will find well published reviews that rank Auburn and Opelika very high for business development, retirement, etc.
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I'd give it 0 stars if I could

I've lived all over the United States, and Auburn is by far the strangest and most backwards town I've ever lived in. The people here are only polite if you go out of your way to fit in to the local trends and cultures, and if you don't have a noticeable southern accent then expect weird looks and exclusion to be a part of your daily life. There's very much a "you ain't from around you, are ya?" vibe from the residents if you don't change the way you dress, talk, and act to fit into the mold here. You're even expected to only drive a certain class of vehicles (trucks, SUVs and jeeps only). It's an incredibly odd place, and there's a complete lack of culture or any sort of entertainment outside of the school. A terrible place to live even if you're a full-time student, and if you're not then it's simply unbearable. Steer clear.
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I Love Auburn!

I live in Auburn, Alabama and I love it. I moved here after college, because my boyfriend got into the Forestry and Wildlife grad program at Auburn University. I can't talk about his experience much, but I know that he loves the school and so do I. I'm not a huge football fan, or at least I wasn't before we moved here, but seeing how much fun people have at the games, it was hard not to get swept up in it and we've started spending our Saturdays cheering on the Tigers.

There's plenty to love about Auburn, AL the rest of the year too. My favorite thing about Auburn is the weather, and the nature. It can get hot in the summer, but there are plenty of ways to cool off. We love to drink sweet tea and lemonade, maybe a little too much. We also tend to travel a little more in the summer both to beat the heat and because there is less to do. The best part about the weather in Auburn is that we never have to shovel snow, and I never have to wear a heavy winter coat anymore. One of our favorite things to do is to spend time on the weekends hiking and exploring nature. Chewacla State Park is a short drive away and has become a favorite place for us to spend our weekends.

We are happy living here, in part because of the low cost of living, and because of how easy it is to find something to do at anytime of the year. Our apartment is relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other places we have lived in the past, and recently we have decided to stay and start a family, especially after we learned how great the local school system is.
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Source: The Auburn, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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