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Southern Living: Auburn Is One of the South’s Best College Towns for 2022

Posted by Hannah Taylor on April 5, 2022
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Auburn is one of the South's Best College Towns for 2022

For those of us who already adore the “Loveliest Village on the Plains,” it comes as no surprise that Auburn is one of the South’s Best College Towns for 2022, according to Southern Living for a variety of reasons!

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Think of this Auburn University accolade as a People’s Choice Award. Southern Living asked its readers to vote and decide the “South’s Best 2022” almost a year ago!

Now, the votes have been tallied, and Auburn is one of the South’s Best College Towns for 2022. In fact, it came in as number three out of the top 20. It was beat only by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia in Athens.

The good news is die-hard Auburn fans can celebrate the fact that Auburn beat the University of Alabama, which came in seventh on the list.

While it may not warrant rolling Toomer’s Corner—one of the many beloved traditions that helped land Auburn on the list—it certainly deserves a good-natured “War Eagle!”

More than academics

We all know college is about getting an education. However, in the college towns that made the list, it’s clear the education goes well beyond the classroom to include charming aspects of life in the city.

Wondering why Auburn is one of the South’s Best College Towns for 2022 besides a quality education?

Part of Auburn’s appeal, as noted by Southern Living, includes a “burgeoning food scene,” for instance. They made mention of local favorites such as Bow & Arrow and The Irritable Bao. The first is known for slow smoked brisket while the latter is all about steamed bao buns.

What’s more, you can check out other foodie hot spots in town thanks to a previous Southern Living feature highlighting how Auburn is quickly becoming a noteworthy food scene.


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