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Overview

Introduction to Opelika, Alabama

Opelika, Alabama, in Lee county, is 26 miles NW of Columbus, Georgia (center to center) and 95 miles SW of Atlanta, Georgia. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Auburn - Opelika metropolitan area.

Opelika History

Opelika was first settled in by the whites in the late 1830s. They named the community "Lebanon." The Native Americans, the original inhabitants of the region, were forcibly removed from the area in 1836-1837. The city's present name was derived from a Muskogee term meaning "large swamp." The first railroad entered the area in the 1840s and helped the area to become a commercial center. Opelika was incorporated on February 9, 1854.

Opelika and nearby Attractions

  • Mann Wildlife Learning Museum
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Chewacla State Park
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
  • Dr. A.D. McLain Medical Museum

Things To Do In Opelika

The city of Opelika offers easy access to several historic sites and museums. The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art features 19th and 20th century American and European art. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is the place where, during World War II, African American men were trained to become military pilots. The city is also home to the world-famous Grand National Golf Course. Golfers can also visit the Beaver Creek Golf Course, Moore's Mill Golf Club, and Pin Oaks Golf Club, and Saugahatchee Country Club. The Chewacla State Park, spread across 696 acres of land, offers facilities for swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking. Another place worth visiting in Opelika is the Azalea and Dogwood Trail. Following this trail, created by Nature itself, people can witness the numerous hues of the Southern Azaleas and Dogwood trees.

Opelika Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Columbus Metropolitan Airport.

Opelika Higher Education

Tuskegee University, Auburn University Main Campus, Beacon University, and many other colleges and universities provide opportunities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population29,030
Male Share of the Population46.6%
Female Share of the Population53.4%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+13,122
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married44.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,925
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,148
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,082

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,270
% Above Poverty Level78.3%
% Below Poverty Level21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone30.7%
Median Gross Rent$701
Median House Value$153,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.7%
English7.5%
Irish6.7%
German6%
Scottish2.5%
French Except Basque1.3%
Dutch0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Italian0.6%
African0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Polish0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Greek0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Czech0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Opelika Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lee County
Standard Zip Codes36801, 36804
P.O. Box Zip Codes36802, 36803
Phone Area Codes334
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.65
Approximate Longitude-85.37

Opelika Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationOPELIKA
Distance4.4 miles
Jan Temp33 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.4 inches
StationLAFAYETTE 2 W
Distance17.9 miles
Jan Temp30 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp67 to 91 F
Oct Temp48 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.4 inches
StationCAMP HILL 2 NW
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp29 to 54 F
Apr Temp44 to 74 F
Jul Temp66 to 91 F
Oct Temp45 to 76 F
Annual Precip54.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Auburn60,318$75,659
Camp Hill956$26,481
Loachapoka234$49,375
Notasulga951$58,214
Valley9,439$51,660
Waverly226$86,250

Opelika Public Libraries

Opelika - Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library
200 SOUTH 6TH STREET
Opelika, Alabama
(334) 705-5380

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Opelika Hospitals

East Alabama Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
2000 Pepperell Parkway
(334) 749-3411

Opelika Public Schools

Carver Primary Sch
307 Carver Ave
ZIP: 36801
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Jeter Primary Sch
700 Jeter Ave
ZIP: 36801
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Morris Avenue Intermediate Sch
8 Morris Ave
ZIP: 36801
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Northside Sch
601 N 5th St
ZIP: 36801
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Opelika High Sch
1700 Lafayette Pkwy
ZIP: 36801
High
Total Enrollment 1255
Opelika Learning Ctr
214 Jeter Avenue
ZIP: 36801
Other
Opelika Middle Sch
1206 Denson Dr
ZIP: 36801
Middle
Total Enrollment 938
West Forest Intermediate Sch
2801 Waverly Pkwy
ZIP: 36801
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Beauregard Elem Sch
300 Lee Road 431
ZIP: 36804
Primary
Total Enrollment 692
Beauregard High Sch
7343 Al Highway 51
ZIP: 36804
High
Total Enrollment 695
Dixie Elem Sch
4914 Us Highway 80 W
ZIP: 36804
Primary
Total Enrollment 171
Sanford Middle Sch
1500 Lee Road 11
ZIP: 36804
Middle
Total Enrollment 621
Southview Primary Sch
2712 Marvyn Pkwy
ZIP: 36804
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
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