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Overview

Introduction to Augusta, Georgia

The city of Augusta is located in the east-central part of the state of Georgia, right on the border with South Carolina. Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta sits approximately 150 miles east of the state capital of Atlanta. Major thoroughfares servicing the city include Interstates I-20 and I-520; U.S. Routes 1, 25, 78, and 278; and Georgia State Highway 28.

Augusta's rich history dates back to 1736, when it was established as a settlement by British General James E. Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia. The city was named in honor of Augusta, Princess of Wales. A pivotal site during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Augusta served as Georgia's state capital from 1785 until 1795. The city later became the second largest inland cotton market in the world during the days of the cotton boom. For a time, Augusta served as a major winter resort, attracting wealthy northerners seeking to escape the bitter winters back home. Today, the city is a center for medicine and manufacturing, and is best known for its role in hosting the Masters golf tournament. For this reason, it is often referred to as the Masters City, although Augusta's official nickname is The Garden City of the South - chosen because of the city's many large private gardens.

Arts and Entertainment in Augusta

Augusta boasts a large variety of cultural, historic, and entertainment options for visitors and residents to enjoy. Some of the more prominent of these are the following:

  • Augusta Museum of History: Features many exhibits and collections from Augusta's past, including a 1914 steam locomotive, memorabilia from the founding of Augusta in 1736, and a Civil War collection.
  • Fort Discovery Science Center: Located in downtown Augusta, the Center includes over 250 exhibits in the areas of math, robotics, and communications.
  • Augusta Civic Center: A downtown site which hosts numerous sporting events, concerts, and shows.
  • Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art: Traces back to 1937 and houses major exhibitions of local and regional artists.
  • The Morris Museum of Art: Offers a broad collection of Southern art, including Civil War art, Southern Impressionism, early 20th century painting, and the Black Presence in Southern art.
  • Augusta Golf and Gardens: Home to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.
  • Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History: Dedicated to one of the state's most influential educational leaders.
  • Imperial Theatre: An historic old theatre located in downtown Augusta.
  • Sacred Heart Cultural Center: Built by Jesuit priests in 1897, the Center hosts many important cultural events including the Augusta Ballet, Choral Society, and the Children's Chorale.
  • Confederate Powderworks
  • Fort Gordon

The sports scene in Augusta is dominated by the annual Masters Tournament, an official money event on the PGA Tour and one of four major championships in professional golf. The Masters enjoys the distinction of being held every year at the same location, the Augusta National Golf Club. Golf is not the only pro sport in the city, however. Augusta is home to the Augusta GreenJackets, baseball's minor league Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The GreenJackets play their South Atlantic League home games at the city's Lake Olmstead Stadium. Augusta is also home to the Augusta Lynx of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The team is affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League and also the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. Arena football fans can root for the Augusta Spartans, a professional indoor football team and charter member of the World Indoor Football League (WIFL).

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Augusta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 137 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Richmond
Metro Area Augusta - Aiken
Standard Zip Codes 30901, 30904, 30905, 30906, 30907, 30909, 30910, 30911, 30912
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30903, 30913, 30914, 30916, 30917, 30919
Company Zip Codes 30999
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.47
Longitude -81.975

Augusta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD AP
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Station JOHNSTON 4 SW
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 54 F
Apr Temp 44 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station WAYNESBORO 2 NE
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 47.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Augusta, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Forest Hills (30909)

Fort Gordon (30905)

Peach Orchard (30906)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blythe 691 $48,281
Dearing 597 $42,604
Grovetown 12,179 $55,217
Harlem 2,795 $50,000
Hephzibah 4,026 $66,717

Augusta Public Libraries

Library
East Central Georgia Regional Library System
902 GREENE STREET
Augusta, Georgia
(706) 821-2634
Library Web Site

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Augusta Hospitals

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1350 WALTON WAY
(706) 722-9011
Emergency Service: Yes

TRINITY HOSPITAL OF AUGUSTA
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2260 WRIGHTSBORO RD
(706) 481-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

DOCTORS HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3651 WHEELER RD
(706) 863-3232
Emergency Service: Yes

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1120 15TH ST
(706) 721-0211
Emergency Service: Yes

Augusta VA Medical Center
(VA)
1 Freedom Way
(706) 733-0188 or (800) 836-5561
Emergency Service:

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Augusta High Schools

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ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
910 RUSSELL STREET
706-737-7152
A Title I School.
Serves 1,295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
2840 GLENN HILLS DRIVE
706-796-4924
A Title I School.
Serves 1,266 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

CROSS CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
3855 OLD WAYNESBORO ROAD
706-772-8140
A Title I School.
Serves 1,264 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL
2011 LUMPKIN ROAD
706-796-4959
Serves 1,186 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

JOSEY HIGH SCHOOL
1701 15TH STREET
706-737-7360
A Title I School.
Serves 957 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
1002 PATRIOTS WAY
706-868-4030
Serves 871 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

DAVIDSON MAGNET SCHOOL
615 12TH STREET
706-823-6924
A Magnet School.
Serves 696 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

LANEY HIGH SCHOOL
1339 LANEY-WALKER BOULEVARD
706-823-6900
A Title I School.
Serves 642 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

JOHNSON MAGNET
1324 LANEY-WALKER BOULEVARD
706-823-6933
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 436 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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