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County Details
County #081: Lee MSA: Auburn-Opelika Area of State: East Central
Communities: Auburn, Loachapoka, Opelika, Smith Station
Population and Income Estimates
  County 15-mile Radius 30-mile Radius 45-mile Radius
2010 Census
140,247 112,884 403,008 649,399
2018 Estimate
160,299 129,166 429,174 687,089
2023 Projection
172,437 138,760 441,571 703,014
2018 Est. Median Household Income
$46,072 $40,625 $43,368 $44,234
2018 Est. Median Age
31 30 36 36

Source: ESRI. Note: Radius data is from county seat. Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
County Labor Analysis
2017 Labor Force
County Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Lee 73,520 70,643 2,877 3.9%
2015 Workforce Commuting Patterns
There are 29,421 county residents working in the county and 23,855 working outside of the county. Additionally, there are a total of 21,709 residents living outside of Lee county that commute to jobs within the county.
Top Five Counties Receiving Workers
1. Muscogee, GA   2. Russell    3. Montgomery
4. Chambers    5. Troup, GA
Top Five Counties Sending Workers
1. Chambers    2. Russell    3. Macon
4. Tallapoosa    5. Muscogee, GA

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S.Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) , OnTheMap application.
County Employment by Industry
Total: 58,339
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: 290
Mining: 59
Utilities: 178
Construction: 2,491
Manufacturing: 6,885
Wholesale Trade: 1,212
Retail Trade: 1,212
Transportation and Warehousing: 2,204
Information: 426
Finance and Insurance: 1,116
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: 801
Professional and Technical Services: 1,916
Management of Companies and Enterprises: 202
Administrative and Waste Services: 4,738
Educational Services: 555
Health Care and Social Assistance: 3,549
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 651
Accommodation and Food Services: 7,681
Other Services (except public administration): 1,085
Total Federal Government: 295
Total State Government: 7,088
Total Local Government: 7,802
County Wage by Industry
Total: $2,250,784,322
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: $18,135,412
Mining: $4,047,175
Utilities: $15,502,210
Construction: $145,899,935
Manufacturing: $320,548,008
Wholesale Trade: $67,832,404
Retail Trade: $67,832,404
Transportation and Warehousing: $93,471,551
Information: $17,958,500
Finance and Insurance: $65,408,435
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: $28,839,671
Professional and Technical Services: $86,654,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $16,190,845
Administrative and Waste Services: $90,540,372
Educational Services: $20,520,656
Health Care and Social Assistance: $136,992,896
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: $9,830,283
Accommodation and Food Services: $117,451,360
Other Services (except public administration): $36,388,725
Total Federal Government: $18,413,916
Total State Government: $423,384,505
Total Local Government: $339,369,756
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2017 annual averages. Note: **Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
Major Employers in Lee County
Auburn UniversityLand-Grant Public Research University7,100
East Alabama Medical CenterRegional Hospital3,200
Lee County SchoolsPublic School System1,260
Auburn City SchoolsPublic School System1,010
Wal-Mart Distribution CenterGrocery Distribution Center825
City of AuburnLocal Government725
Opelika City SchoolsPublic School System590
Afni, Inc.Call Center540
Briggs & Stratton CorporationGasoline Engines505
CSP Technologies North America, LLCSpecialty Plastics Packaging400
Major Manufacturing Employers in Lee County
Briggs & Stratton CorporationGasoline Engines505
Mando America CorporationAutomotive - Brakes, Steering499
CSP Technologies North America, LLCSpecialty Plastics Packaging400
SCA, Inc.Automotive Plastics345
Baxter HealthcareMedical Manufacturer - Kidney Dialyzers344
Pharmavite, LLCManufacturer - Vitamins/Suppliments333
Hanwha Advanced Materials AmericaAutomotive Manufacturer - Bumpers323
Borbet Alabama, Inc.Automotive Aluminum Wheels320
GE AviationJet Engine Components240
Seohan Auto USA CorporationAutomotive Axles195
Source: Local economic development contacts
2018 County Population 25 Plus by Education Attainment
Graduate/Professional Degree:   15.8%
Bachelors Degree: 20.0%
Associates Degree: 8.0%
Some College, No Degree: 21.5%
High School Graduate/GED: 23.9%
9-12th Grade (No Diploma): 7.0%
Less than 9th Grade: 3.8%

Source: ESRI. Note: Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
Colleges and Universities
Auburn University - Auburn, AL
Southern Union State Comm College Opelika Campus - Opelika, AL

Source: Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Note: Information on Alabama’s two and four year colleges can be found on the Commission’s website http://

School Systems
Auburn City
Lee County
Opelika City

Source: Alabama Department of Education; Note: Detailed information on Alabama’s public school systems and individual schools can be accessed on the Alabama Department of Education website;
2017 County Profile General Tax Structure
Ad Valorem Tax     Alabama has a state property tax rate of 6.5 mills (3 mills for education). Both county and city can levy property tax. All real and personal business property is assessed at 20% of fair market value.

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Other Business Related Taxes County (Outside Incorporated Areas) State
State Tax General Rate: 4.00% 4.00%
Use Tax General Rate: 4.00% 4.00%
Sales Tax on Machinery: 1.00% 1.50%
Use Tax on Machinery: 1.00% 1.50%
Source: Alabama Department of Revenue; Note: Information on business-related taxes is available on the Alabama Department of Revenue website at Construction materials are taxed at the general rate. Inventories and goods-in-process are not taxed.
Interstates in County: I-85      
Federal Highways in County: US-280       US-29      
Railroads Serving County: CSX Transportation       Norfolk Southern      

Source: Alabama Department of Transportation Intermodal Division,

Commercial Air Service General Aviation Service
Nearest commerical air service: Columbus Metropolitan Airport Nearest general aviation facility: Auburn-Opelika Airport
Columbus, GA Auburn, AL

Source: EDPA Survey of Commercial Airports; Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau;;