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Back in the late 1800s, Phenix City received its name after "Eagle and Phenix Mill," which was in the area at the time. Originally spelled "Phoenix," it wasn't long after that the "o" was taken out of Phoenix due to the mistake in distinction of Phoenix, Arizona and making an error in the spelling.
As of 2017, the population of the city was 37,325 people. Phenix City lies in the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Area, while the Lee County nominal is in the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. Also it is a suburb immediately West of Downtown Columbus, which is just across the Chattahoochee River. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Phenix City the nation's #1 Best Affordable Suburb to raise a family.
Columbus, Georgia is where the 22-mile paved walk on the Chattahoochee River begins. Columbus was established in 1828 by an act of the Georgia Legislature, as a trading post to strengthen the Western border of Georgia. Columbus is the home of many things, including: Aflac, Synovus, and Total Systems (TSYS); and can also be known as the last “frontier town” of the original Thirteen Colonies. Fort Benning Military Reservation, the Army's Maneuver Center, borders Columbus on the South and Southeast and is not only a primary U.S. Army training facility, but also the major employer of the region. Development patents of the community have been significantly influenced by its presence.
Columbus is divided into five geographic areas:
East Columbus is a residential area east of the central business district.
MidTown is known by the location of the corporate headquarters of Aflac. This area is a mixture of both residential and commercial. While in the area stop by the Dinglewood Pharmacy to enjoy a scrambled chili hotdog.
South Columbus is located below MidTown region and north of Fort Benning.