Site Selection magazine recently gave the Auburn-Opelika metro area top marks in a nationwide survey.
That magazine named Auburn-Opelika as one of the best metro areas in the country for economic opportunities in regions with fewer than 200,000 people. Auburn-Opelika tied for sixth place with Lima, Ohio.
Site Selection was particularly impressed with the number of major economic projects announced in the Auburn-Opelika metro area in 2015. Over the course of last year, our city had 10 major economic projects. The next closest-ranking Alabama metro area, Decatur-Morgan County, had 8.
You can view the full rankings here.
Site Selection Ranks the Top Metro Areas in America by the Number of Projects
Site Selection’s rankings are designed to reflect growing economic opportunities in cities across America. To judge those economic opportunities, Site Selection ranks cities by the number of announced projects.
The top metro area in the country was Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, leading the way with 376 projects. Chicago also placed first in last year’s rankings. Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, and Louisville placed second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively (each one holding the same spot as last year) in the East North Central rankings.
In the South Atlantic region, major cities with a growing number of projects included Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.
The South Central region, meanwhile, which covers Alabama, ranked Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Louisville, Austin, and Nashville (in that order) as the cities with the largest number of announced projects.
Auburn-Opelika Ranks Highly in Metro Areas with Fewer than 200,000 Residents
Here’s how Site Selection ranked the best metro areas across America with a population lower than 200,000:
1) Sioux City, Iowa (24 Projects)
2) Bowling Green, Kentucky (18 Projects)
3) Gainesville, Georgia (15 Projects)
4) Janesville-Beloit, Wisconsin (15 Projects)
5) Altoona, Pennsylvania (12 Projects)
6) Auburn-Opelika, Alabama (10 Projects)
7) Lima, Ohio (10 Projects)
8) Decatur, Illinois (9 Projects)
9) Burlington, North Carolina (8 Projects)
10) Decatur, Alabama (8 Projects)
The Future Looks Bright for Auburn-Opelika
Site Selection’s rankings only look at one narrow category (the number of new projects).
However, they present a positive overall economic view of our region and its future.
A large number of new major investment projects indicates a healthy, growing economy. It indicates local governments that are willing to attract investors to the region.
With 10 major new projects in 2015 alone, the Auburn-Opelika metro area is clearly one of America’s leaders among mid-size cities.
The future looks bright for Auburn-Opelika and its residents.
Alabama Also Ranks Highly Among Top Micropolitans
A micropolitan is a city with an urban core of at least 10,000 but a surrounding population of less than 50,000.
Site Selection also ranked the top micropolitans of 2015, where Alabama cities achieved impressive marks.
Alabama rankings included Cullman (No. 2), Scottsboro (tied for No. 8), Valley (tied for No. 8) and Albertville (tied for No. 29). You can view the entire list here.
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