AUBURN, Ala. – For the second consecutive year, Forbes.com has ranked Auburn in its Top Ten Best Small Places for Business And Careers. The City’s #6 ranking by the website is the latest of a string of national recognitions for the Auburn metropolitan area, including:
#1 in projected job growth out of 179 small metro areas by Forbes
#16 Best Small Places to Launch a Business by CNNMoney.com
Best city for starting up a business in Alabama by BusinessWeek
Top place to retire in May/June 2009 issue of Where to Retire
Top 10 best place to live by US News & World Report
Top 10 strongest building markets in US by BusinessWeek
The website analyzed small metro areas with a population of less than 245,000 people based on business and living costs, job growth, income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. The website also examined the percentage of subprime mortgages handed out over a three-year stretch and the number of highly ranked four-year colleges in the area.
"We're very proud that the national media and business experts like Forbes continue to recognize Auburn as a great environment for business and jobs. I couldn't ask for a better follow-up to the great Citizen Survey results we saw last week. Auburn's citizens indicated that they want us to continue our efforts to pursue commercial and industrial projects to create jobs, and we'll continue to listen," Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. said.