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About Auburn

Since 1891, the city of Auburn has been providing visitors and residents with the opportunity to discover why this town is like no other. Auburn is the land of two rivers, home to two nations and spread across two counties. Located between Seattle and Tacoma in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, Auburn is the perfect place to work, play and spend a lifetime. It is a warm, embracing community where people still stop to say hello. Auburn is a community rich in history where you'll find new businesses mingling with old, and a historic downtown getting acquainted with a new, modern facade.

Auburn is strategically close to Seattle and Tacoma

Auburn is centrally located between Seattle and Tacoma in the heart of the Green River Valley with easy access to the best of both cities. Auburn is a quick 30 minute drive to all Seattle has to offer and more, and a 20 minute drive to Tacoma. Amenities like Pike Place Market, Benaroya Hall, Seattle Art Museum and Tacoma Chihully Museum of Glass are all within easy reach.

Sustainable Business Environment

Auburn is the center of the largest industrial complex in the northwest and sits in the middle of the major north-south east-west routes of this region.  With two railroads and close proximity to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Auburn was identified by the Department of Commerce this year as one of only 14 Innovation Partnership Zones in Washington State.  With continued job expansion and above average retail growth, Auburn enjoys a vibrant and sustainable business environment.

Mt. Rainier and Outdoor Lifestyle

Auburn is about one hour from Mt. Rainier, Crystal Mountain and Snoqualmie Ski Area. It is also home to several biking and walking trails, including the White and Green River trails and the Interurban Trail. Auburn has approximately 30 parks of all sizes for the whole family to enjoy. There are three golf courses in Auburn: the Auburn Golf Course, Washington National Golf Club, and Jade Green Golf Course & Driving Range.


Auburn has reason to be proud of its schools. They pride themselves in providing an excellent education that produces students who have a love of learning and a sense of responsibility. Auburn boasts over two dozen elementary, middle, and high schools, each one unique, but all offering a supportive learning environment designed to foster each student's natural abilities. Green River College provides the serious student a quiet, natural environment in which to study. This is a community that puts learning and education first.

Urban Transportation

Take the Sounder Train to Seattle. Avoid the traffic and rest, read, or log onto your laptop as you take the 20 minute ride from Auburn to Seattle to work, shop, or do business. Sound Transit also has a train with nine morning and nine evening trips from Auburn into Seattle and back.

Sense of Community in Historic Downtown

Come establish a sense of community in one of the oldest cities in the state of Washington. With unique architecture, combined with historic preservation and renovations, Auburn has retained the look and feel of a real downtown. Auburn's unique historic downtown still provides a gathering place for numerous events.