Phenix City is a city in the county of Russell County in the state of Alabama. As of 2014, the population of the city was 37,540. Phenix City lies in the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Area, while the Lee County nominal is in the Auburn-Opelika Metropoltian Area. It is also a suburb immediately west of Dowtown Columbus, Georgia 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 once the site of a Creek Indian Village, is one of the few cities in the United States to be planned in advance of its founding. Established in 1828 as a trading post to strengthen the western border of Georgia, Columbus was the last "frontier town" of the original Thirteen Colonies. Fort Benning, Military Reservation, a primary U.S. Army training facility and the major employer of the region, borders Columbus on the south and southeast. Development patterns of the community have been significantly influenced by its presence.