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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Steve Neyman moved to Auburn in 1978, and hasn't left since.

"I went to school here, graduated here and just loved it. Loved the town, the atmosphere and its just great to be here," says Neyman.

Now the City of Auburn is being recognized nationally again for its quality of life.

Forbes Magazine ranked Auburn on its list of Top 25 Places to Retire in 2014. The magazine cited a cost of living that is 11 percent below the national average as a factor in the ranking as well has Auburn's warm climate, housing prices and low crime rate.

"Auburn has a way of hanging onto people whether its students or people that do come back later. People do remember Auburn, and a lot of people try to get back here if they leave," explains City of Auburn's Director of Public Affairs, David Dorton.

Movoto.com, a real estate website, recently ranked Auburn at number one on its list of Top Ten Best Places in Alabama. Factors like the short commute time, low student-to-teacher ratio and high median household value placed Auburn at the top of the list.

"It's always good to see these things, national media recognitions that we don't solicit or know about necessarily until they're coming out," says Dorton.

In more good news, Standard & Poor's (S&P) recently affirmed the City of Auburn's Bond rating as 'AA+' which indicates the city has a  strong capacity to meet financial commitments.

"The city's economy is strong, the budget is strong. It helps the city have low interest rates on bond issues," explains Dorton.

Overall, residents like Neyman were not surprised to hear these new rankings, but Neyman did reaffirm the fact that he isn't moving any time soon.

"I wouldn't think of going anywhere else," says Neyman, "Hunting is close by, fishing close by. You're close to the ocean, and a lot of golf, so it's got everything I need."

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