About Opelika: Opelika, a city of quaint charm and rich in heritage, enters the new Millennium with a promising future. Named with sister city Auburn as part of one of the country's newest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Opelika is growing by leaps and bounds while maintaining a high quality of life for its 25,000 residents. The City of Opelika, with a $53 million budget, carefully guides the community's growth with a variety of services and programs. It remains one of the few cities to provide low-cost electric power through a municipally-owned electric department. Opelika's resident industries and businesses are constantly expanding, and still others continue to look to Opelika as the place to locate a business. As the county seat of Lee County, Opelika is a favorite spot for tourists with many sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including Historic Downtown Opelika with the majestic Lee County Courthouse. There are also quaint Southern neighborhoods filled with restored historic 19th Century and turn-of-the-century homes. House The city's residents are active in preserving our beautiful environment through an active Keep Opelika Beautiful Program that works closely with the City of Opelika to encourage recycling among our citizens. Other important facts: Little ArrowThe city provides a quality education for its 4,500 school-age children through one of the finest award-winning school systems in the State of Alabama and the South. Little ArrowOpelika's top-notch municipal recreation system provides quality programs in a variety of sports and areas of interest, serving all residents from ages 2 to 92. Little ArrowThe city is among the cultural elite due to the Opelika Arts Association which sponsors quality programs through the annual Performing Arts Series showcased at the 1,200 seat Opelika Performing Arts Center. Little ArrowReligious services ranging from Protestant, to Jewish, to Buddhist and Muslim, are available at more than 80 places of worship. Points of national acclaim include: Little ArrowBecoming the 57th fastest growing area in the nation, Little ArrowKiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine named the city as one the "Top Six Places to Retire" in June 1998, Little ArrowESPN Magazine in 1998 named it "Ground Zero" to major collegiate football programs, and Little ArrowThe Southeast Tourism Society has for two years listed the city's Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour as one of the "Top 20 Tourist Events in the Southeast.