Auburn named one of the best places to live by US News & World Report for 2009

Auburn Named One of the Best Places to Live by US News & World Report for 2009 U.S. News looked at areas with strong economies, low living costs, and plenty of fun things to do

#2 Auburn, Alabama:

For Southern charm with collegiate vigor, consider Auburn, Ala. This diamond on the eastern Alabama plains has a population of just under 50,000 and is home to Auburn University. On football Saturdays, when die-hard fans arrive in droves to cheer their beloved Tigers, Auburn swells to the state's fifth-most-populous city. And as Auburn's largest employer, the university also plays a starring role in the local economy. With mild winters and hot summers, the city offers no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities. Find a nice hiking trail in the 696-acre before cooling off with an afternoon swim. Take a stroll through the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, located on the Auburn University campus. Golfers can head to nearby Grand National golf course and wend their way through the state along the beautiful Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. "Once you have been there, you just want to come back," says John Cannon, president of SunBelt Golf Corp., which manages the trail.

Here's the top ten list of the best places to live:

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Auburn, Alabama

Austin, Texas

Boise, Idaho

Durham, North Carolina

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Loveland, Colorado

San Luis Obispo, California

St. Augustine, Florida

Upper St Clair, Pennsylvania