Augusta is Georgia's second-largest city, and it's the second-oldest city in the state. Founded in 1736 by General James Edward Oglethorpe, Augusta was named in honor of Princess Augusta, the wife of Fredrick, Prince of Wales. A large bronze-cast statue of General Oglethorpe stands at the center of Augusta's newest urban park, Augusta Commons, in the 800 block of downtown's Broad Street. A glimpse at the list of museums in and around Augusta reveals much about the rich and varied past of the city, along with clues to its future.
With more than 600,000 residents, the Augusta area has a variety of amenities, including a vibrant arts community and many fine restaurants. And unlike other growing cities in the Southeast, the area has fewer of the traffic snarls that plague so many metropolitan areas.
In addition to the low cost of living and affordable housing, Augusta offers its residents a beautiful historic city with a diverse culture, active arts community and mild climate.
The Augusta area is known for its balmy climate, with an annual average temperature of 64 degrees. Some studies suggest its location between the Atlantic and Gulf coasts contributes to generally mild winters. Those warm winters turned the region into a seasonal resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s and gave Augusta much of its early reputation for hospitality and warmth.
When it comes to events in Augusta, there's the Masters Tournament and then there's everything else. This isn't to say there isn't any other event that draws out-of-towners to the area, but golf's premiere event is such a big deal, even schools let out for that one week in April. The Masters Tournament is held on the beautiful grounds of Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta and the surrounding area boast 21 private and 15 public golf courses. Another major event in Augusta is the largest Half-Ironman competition in the U.S.
Water recreation is also prominent. Several state parks dot the area, including Elijah Clark & Mistletoe State Parks. Clark’s Hill Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River, with a 1,200-mile shoreline that is longer than the entire U.S. eastern seaboard.
Be it opera or orchestra, diva or dancer, the Augusta area has a stage suited to the needs of most performers. Ranging in size from intimate to expansive, each venue fills a performance niche. Augusta's Westobou Festival and the Arts in The Heart annual events highlight the city's vibrant arts opportunities.
Augusta is the center of shopping for the entire MSA, with a variety of downtown shops and suburban shopping centers and malls. A resurgence in downtown Augusta is occurring monthly, solidifying this area as the region’s town center.
Healthcare continues to be one of the strongest employment sectors in Augusta, recognized as a regional healthcare provider. The area also is building a reputation as a leading medical research center.
From its pair of airports to multiple taxicab companies, Uber, and a citywide public transit system, the Garden City's transportation offerings reflect a diverse set of services.