Opelika 60 Below average
Opelika Livability #217 ranked city in Alabama#17,732 ranked city in the USARanks better than 39% of areas

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      Living in Opelika, AL

      Opelika is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. The city has a population of 29,030 inhabitants. Opelika is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (52%) and Black or African American (41%). If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Opelika. With average one way commute time of only 19 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

      Are you trying to decide if living in Opelika is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Alabama, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Several key factors deserve attention. For one, safety is paramount, ensuring that your new area is low in crime is key. Proximity to workplaces or schools minimizes commute times and fosters convenience. Access to essential amenities like parks, grocery stores, food, fitness, shops and healthcare facilities enhances daily life. Efficient public transportation options provide mobility and connectivity. The sense of community creates a welcoming and supportive environment. Lastly, the overall atmosphere, encompassing the vibe, aesthetics, and lifestyle offerings, contributes to a fulfilling living experience. Considering these elements helps identify the ideal neighborhood for your needs and preferences. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, commute, health & safety, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Opelika and in the areas around Opelika is a much easier task.

      Using data and statistics Opelika has received a livability score of 60/100. This score is ranked in the 39th percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the United States average, this city has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Opelika ranks well for cost of living (A-) and housing (A-). On a less positive note, Opelika does not have favorable scores for the following: amenities (F), crime (F) and employment (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Opelika can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in Opelika is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Opelika come in at $153,400, which is 19.4% higher than the Alabama average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Opelika, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 27.6% higher than the Alabama average.

      Opelika transportation information

      Statistic Opelika Alabama National
      Average one way commute19min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work85.4%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.2%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.5%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home3.6%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Opelika, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).