Opelika, located in the east-central part of Alabama, is the county seat of Lee County. The city is growing and has a strong workforce and economic outlook. As of the 2020 census, the population was 30,995, which reflects a 17.1% increase from the last census in 2010. Opelika is also the principal city in the Auburn-Opelika MSA, which records a population of 150,933.Opelika's workforce and economic health is strong. The city is minutes from Auburn, which is home to Auburn University, one of the area's largest employers. This close proximity to a thriving college town, gives an additional boost to the economy and provides thousands of job possibilities. Additionally, Opelika is home to a branch of Southern Union State Community College, which employs 72 full-time and 137 part-time employees.
Aside from education-related jobs, Opelika is located between the Hyundai-Kia automobile manufacturing facilities. Hyundai is 18 miles east of the city, and Kia is about 67 miles west of the city. These plants are part of the city's revitalization in many segments of the economy, including commercial, residential, and industrial activity.
Because of the wide variety of jobs and employment opportunities in Opelika and its surrounding areas, the risk of getting injured on the job is high. Car manufacturing facilities have inherent risks that many workplaces don't have, including serious injury from mechanical failures, falling equipment, and assembly line incidents. Additionally, the normal on-the-job injury risks are always present, including slip and falls, repetitive stress injuries, overexertion injuries, back injuries from lifting, work-related vehicle accidents, and more.
If you've been injured on the job in Opelika or its surrounding areas, be sure to call the Opelika workers' compensation attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve under the Alabama workers' compensation laws. Do not attempt to handle workers' compensation claim on your own, as there are many technicalities, requirements, and deadlines involved in filing a successful claim. If you fail to comply with the law in regards to these requirements, then your workers' compensation benefits could be in jeopardy. You can reach the Opelika workers' compensation attorneys of Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. here
or at 844.LAW.TALK
Opelika's Economy by the Numbers
Due to Auburn University's and the car manufacturing plant's close proximity to Opelika, it's not surprise that manufacturing and educational jobs are rated high in the population by occupation. A more detailed list of the percentage of the population working in specific jobs is as follows:
- Education Services: 14.9% of the population
- Retail Services: 14.6% of the population
- Manufacturing: 14.5% of the population
- Healthcare & Social Assistance: 14.4% of the population
- Accommodation & Food Services: 9.8% of the population
- Construction: 4.2% of the population
- Administrative Support: 3.8% of the population
- Finance & Insurance: 3.6% of the population
- Public Administration: 3.5% of the population
Other important facts about Opelika's economy are as follows:
- Opelika has an unemployment rate of 3.8%, compared to the U.S. average of 6%.
- Opelika has seen its job market increase by 1.7% over the last year.
- Future growth for the city over the next 10 years is predicted to be 37.8%.
- The sales tax rate for Opelika is 8.2%, compared to the U.S. average of 7.3%.
- The income tax rate for Opelika is 5%, compared to the U.S. average of 4.6%.
- The average income of an Opelika resident is $25,012 per year.
- The median household income of an Opelika resident is $39,506 per year.
Opelika Workers' Compensation Attorneys at HWC are Here for You
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an on-the-job injury in Opelika or its surrounding areas, please contact the Opelika workers' compensation attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. We have decades of experience in getting injured workers maximum compensation for their on-the-job injuries. Please remember that our attorneys only get paid if they successfully recover money for you, and our fees are capped at 15% of the recovery.
Your consultation is always free and confidential.
You can contact us here
or at 844.LAW.TALK
. Don't let the big workers' compensation insurance companies take advantage of you. Call us as soon as possible after you've received medical treatment for your injuries.