Opelika is located in east central Alabama along I-85 approximately 100 miles south of Atlanta, GA and 65 miles northeast of Montgomery, AL. The county seat of Lee County, AL, Opelika is part of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). According to Forbes (January 30, 2008) magazine, the Auburn-Opelika MSA is the 6th fastest growing Small MSA in the nation, and only third behind Mobile and Huntsville in Alabama. The MSA’s 2013 population is estimated to be 150,933 (27,828 for just Opelika).