Mention of Auburn, AL, in Oliver Goldsmith’s poem, The Deserted Village, earned the city the unofficial title, The Loveliest Village on the Plains. Ranked as one of the top 10 places to live in 2009, modern views of the area concur with the 1770 perspective of the poet. Previously inhabited by the Muskogee, the area was first settled by outsiders in 1836 and was incorporated in 1839. Early educational institutions drew increasing growth, but the Civil War led to a decline in population.
The educational resources in the city have been at the heart of much of the continuing growth of the area, but a 1980’s pursuit of industry contributed to significant growth outside of the educational realm in more recent years. The population increased by more than 50 percent in a 20-year period, and the economy grew by 220 percent over the same course of time as a result of the industrial focus.
Auburn’s population was 53,380 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The city covers 58.07 square miles with an average of just over 913 people per square mile. About 6.9 percent of the population exceeds the age of 65 while residents under the age of 18 account for 17.5 percent of the population. Educational priorities are reflected as high school diplomas are held by 94.5 percent of residents over the age of 25. 59.7 percent of these individuals also possess bachelor’s degrees or higher.
The city of Auburn has received repeated accolades for the excellence of its public school system. Auburn City Schools features one early childhood education center, seven elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high and one high school. Two of the district schools have received Blue Ribbon awards. The community also boasts more than 20 private schools to address unique educational interests of area families.
Auburn University provides residents with numerous options in post-secondary studies. The land grant institution began as a Methodist men’s college in 1859, becoming a state school in 1872. Today, the school serves more than 25,000 students. Nine additional colleges and universities are located within a 65-mile radius of Auburn, addressing diverse higher education interests through various degree programs.
Much of the tourism and focus in the community centers on Auburn University sports. However, visitors and residents can also enjoy the eclectic selection of shops and restaurants in the town. Cozy cafes and boutiques provide a variety of unique spots to explore, and shopping centers like Village Mall provide contemporary commercial and culinary experiences. Outdoor attractions include several golf courses and sports parks. Residents and visitors can also benefit from public parks and recreational facilities for year-round activities. The Auburn Public Library offers access to reading material and programs throughout the year, as well.
The humid summers in Auburn make it important for homeowners to keep their air conditioners working optimally. Because an AC unit plays a critical role in humidity control, it’s ideal to have preventive maintenance performed prior to the onset of summer temperatures. It’s helpful to establish a working relationship with an HVAC contractor to ensure the timely service of home comfort equipment and to reduce the risk of emergency heating or air conditioning repair needs. A reputable contractor can also assist in providing insight into modern equipment technologies and solutions for getting through the Alabama summer and cold area winters with excellent comfort levels and efficient energy performance.
Watley Heating & Air Conditioning has proudly served the Auburn, AL, area since 1978. Our team of NATE-certified professionals offers routine maintenance, repairs and new system installation services. We even offers 24-hour emergency services for those unexpected, late-night breakdowns that require immediate heating or air conditioning service. Just give us a call!
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