Anniston is located in a tree lined valley of the Appalachian foothills in the state of Alabama. Anniston is the county seat and the commercial and industrial center of Calhoun County. The area offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities. Residents also have opportunities to enhance their education by attending the Harry M Ayers State Technical College and the Gadsden Business College. Jackson State University is nearby.
The Anniston Army Depot is Anniston's largest employer. The depot is used for maintenance of most of the Army's tracked vehicles. In addition, the depot has numerous affiliated defense contractors. Part of the former Fort McClellan is utilized for the Alabama National Guard Training and the US Homeland Security anti-terrorism department. The Jacksonville State Higher Education Consortium is also located on the former military base. In addition, a United States courthouse, circuit and district courts, the district attorney's office and numerous county administrative offices also provide jobs in Anniston. Also, Anniston/Calhoun was selected for the development of Kronospan's 700 employee wood product plant.
Expansion Magazine, produces a "Best Cities for Business Recruitment and Attraction" list. The magazine evaluates the relocation activity of 19 million companies during an eight year timeframe. The list includes the most popular commercial relocation designations in the nation. Anniston was ranked number 15 in Expansion Magazine's top 20 small metro area list. For those considering relocating to Anniston, the city's cost of living is about 28% lower than the U.S. average.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the major industry employers in 2009, in descending order, for Anniston/Oxford are:
- Trade, Transportation and Utilities
- Professional and Business Services
- Leisure and Hospitality
Some major employers and companies of note in the Anniston Area include:
- Anniston Army Depot
- Alabama Regional Medical Center
- Center for Domestic Preparedness/DHS
- Jacksonville State University
- Calhoun County Schools
- Honda Plant
- BAE Systems
- Stringfellow Hospital
- Bostrom Seating, Inc
- Oxford School System
- Legacy Cabinet
- Federal Mogul
- Anniston School System
- Union Foundry
- M & H Valve
- Super Valu
- Anniston Sportswear
- YKK/Tape Craft
- Alabama Power
Some of the major business related organizations in Anniston include:
The Central Alabama Business Journal is an excellent daily newspaper which provides current information on business activities in the Anniston area.