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Overview of Auburn

Home to the Auburn Tigers and conveniently located near Interstate 85, Auburn is known as "The Loveliest Village on the Plains." Although it is often labeled as a college town, the city is the fastest growing metro area in the Yellowhammer State due to its high quality of life. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city is well on its way to having around 55,000 residents, showing no signs of slowing down. Because of its small town atmosphere and sense of community, it makes sense that many Alabama residents are finding Auburn apartments for rent to call home.

Living in Auburn, AL

The city of Auburn was founded in 1836 and quickly incorporated just three years later. The town was made famous after a line in Oliver Goldsmith's poem, "The Deserted Village." The line read, "Sweet Auburn, the loveliest village of the plain," and hence the city's name and slogan were born. The town became even more densely populated after opening East Alabama Male College (later to be called Auburn University) in 1856. The university was closed during the Civil War, however, and much of the city had to rebuild during the South's Reconstruction period.

Today, the city revolves around Auburn University, which got its official title in 1960. Even though this institution is such a vital part of the cultural fabric here, the city has seen a renaissance in the high-tech manufacturing and research industries.

Auburn Work and Study

Named after the city it was founded in, Auburn University is the lifeblood of the community here. The university employs approximately one-fourth of the workforce here. However, other prominent employers in Lee County include: Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Borbet Alabama, Inc. and CV Holdings, LLC.

Students seeking rentals in Auburn for the upcoming school season should begin their search as early as possible, since there will be many students in the area around August. By far, the most revered and populated institution in the area is Auburn University. One of the largest universities in the South, Auburn offers 140 degree options with 13 different schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels. Auburn is also one of the few universities to have the esteemed honor of being a land, sea and space grant university. With a diverse campus that prides itself on its storied history, it is no surprise that more than 25,000 students flock to the grounds at Auburn every year.

Rentals in Auburn, AL and Cost of Living

With a cost of living more than 11 points below the national average, according to city-data.com, it makes sense that this is one of the fastest growing communities in the South. As of 2009, the median gross rent in the area was $659 per month. With a staggerly 24 percent jump in population from 2000 to 2010, it is obvious that this community is attractive to many people who are looking to live affordably.

Auburn Attractions and Special Events

One of the best places to find the adventurer in you is at Chewacla State Park. At this beautiful park, you will find 696 acres of hiking trails, a beautiful lake, playgrounds, a swimming area and camping cabins. Another fun nature adventure is Auburn University's Donald E. Davis Arboretum, a lush botanical environment that expertly showcases the native plants of the southeastern United States. 

If you live in Auburn, you simply cannot miss an Auburn University football game. Alabama is known for its football fans, and provide great ways to identify with the community and local culture.

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