It's easy to love and easy to get to; it's a great place to raise a family and, according to Forbes.com, it's one of the top
20 cities in the U.S. for business and careers. Auburn, Ala., is a cool college town that has something for every age.
One of Auburn's oldest and most prominent traditions is football. Thousands of
fans swarm the popular city
intersection known as Toomer's Corner after an Auburn University victory to hurl rolls of toilet paper into the air. The celebration is a
paper blizzard and leaves nearby trees, lamp posts and buildings blanketed in white tissue. Odd as it may sound, Auburn is the only city
in the country with a line item in its budget for removing toilet paper.
The Great Outdoors
Four miles south of Auburn is Chewacla State Park, 696 scenic acres that include hiking and biking trails, campgrounds, grills,
cabins, playgrounds and picnic areas. protect a marina that connects
the 26-acre lake to prospective pedal boarders and pedal boaters, and there are ample opportunities to play, swim and fish. Visitors can enjoy
nature in this pet-friendly park that's open year-round.
Auburn has beautiful golf courses too; most notably is the Grand National, which sits alongside 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee.
Robert Trent Jones, a famous golf course architect who designed numerous courses in the U.S. and around the world, called Grand National the
"single greatest site for a golf course" he'd ever seen, according to Rtjgolf.com. It has been ranked as the topic public golf course in
the 2009 Golf World Readers' Choice awards and has received many other accolades since it opened in 1992.
Auburn recently ranked 17th in
of "The Best Small Places for
Business and Careers" in the country. It boasts a stellar education system, solid employment rates, a relatively low cost of living and a bright
future concerning job growth, and this isn't the first time Auburn has made the list.
>"It's reinforced the fact that we're creating jobs here," Philip Dunlap, director of economic development for the city, told
The Auburn Plainsman. "We're diversifying the economy and creating opportunities within Auburn."
The university plays a large role in the local economy, as well as the technology and bio-science industries. The unemployment
rate in Auburn is 5.6 percent, nearly 2 percent less than the nation's average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many people
choose to call Auburn home while they , too.
A healthy economy and below-average unemployment rates translate into a happy city with lots to do!
The Quality of Life
Eleven years ago, right after 9/11, Esquire magazine listed Toomer's lemonade in its "162 Reasons It's Good to be an American."
The iconic drugstore where this tart and refreshing drink is concocted has been a part of Auburn's history for more than 100 years.
is the only business that has occupied
the historic street corner since 1896.
Other Auburn favorites? The annual Auburn CityFest, the city's largest outdoor spring festival, where tens of thousands gather to
enjoy delicious food and family-friendly fun. And lastly, there's Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar, a '50s-style walk-up fast-food favorite that serves
unforgettable chili dogs and milkshakes.
Gregg Tillington Although Gregg isn't a huge fan of flying on planes, he realizes it's a small price to pay for an incredible life as a travel blogger.