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A+ Augusta Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Augusta Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Georgia
Augusta
8713% less expensive than the US average
Georgia
937% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Augusta cost of living
F Augusta Crime Total crime is 73% higher than Georgia
Total crime
5,555102% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 19102% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Augusta crime
F Augusta Employment Household income is 25% lower than Georgia
Median household income
$38,45830% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,87630% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%35% higher than the US average
Augusta employment
D Augusta Housing Home value is 34% lower than Georgia
Median home value
$100,50046% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79416% lower than the US average
Home ownership
52%18% lower than the US average
Augusta real estate or Augusta rentals
F Augusta Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than Georgia
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
22%56% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Augusta K-12 schools or Augusta colleges

Living in Augusta, GA

Augusta is a mid-sized city located in the state of Georgia. The city has a population of 196,784 inhabitants. Augusta is mostly populated by White (38%) and Black or African American (56%) ethnic groups. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Augusta is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 20 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Augusta could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Georgia if you know where to look. The best areas in Augusta and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Georgia and national averages.

Augusta, GA receives 64 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #327 in Georgia and #19,306 in the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Augusta has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and weather (B+). On a more negative note, Augusta does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Augusta, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Riverwalk, The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill, and Morris Museum of Art.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Augusta is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.04%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Assuming that Augusta meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Augusta. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Augusta are simply unattainable. The median home price for Augusta homes is $100,500, which is 34.1% lower than the Georgia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Augusta, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 13.3% lower than the Georgia average.

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Compare Augusta, GA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Augusta, GA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sand Hills, Augusta801.31,104
National Hills, Augusta783.15,083
West Augusta, Augusta7636,867
West Side, Augusta764.23,522
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Central Bus Dist, Augusta752.51,463
Summerville, Augusta740.74,374
Lake Aumond, Augusta7336,248
Montclair, Augusta734.35,077

Best Cities Near Augusta, GA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Evans, GA828.134,270
Edge Hill, GA8041.826
Martinez, GA796.135,476
Harlem, GA7817.92,914
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Burnettown, SC7392,767
Aiken, SC7217.830,403
Grovetown, GA7011.512,848
North Augusta, SC704.522,310
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Crime infested with gangs and bad areas

Attractions7/10
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Dining7/10
Shopping7/10
The reviewers who tried to paint Augusta as a great town are full of crap! The city contains over 90 major street gangs. Most areas are crime infested with poor housing. Not just a few areas but everything below Grovetown should be avoided. This means avoid South Augusta and most of the downtown areas. Here are a few of the bad areas: Barton Chapel Rd, Meadowbrook, Harrisburg, Southside, Old Savannah, Delaney Walker Blvd, Apple Valley, East Boundary, Laney Walker Blvd, and much more. The good areas are primarily Evans, Martinez, Grovetown and sections of Summerville. If you think my assessment is wrong look at the crime maps for yourself for a one week period in Augusta: http://www.augustachronicle.com/special/99999999/richmond-county-crime-map-and-databaseThe statistics don't lie! The overall crime rate in Augusta is 107% higher than the national average. You can add another 27% to the 107% if you live in areas on the Southside! Augusta is safer than 9% of the cities in the United States. This means 91 percent of America is safer than Augusta! Enough said! Have a nice day everyone!
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Avoid if possible

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Pathetic excuse for a town. I lived there, or should a say endured, almost 6 years. It’s not a place for getting ahead, it’s for existing and being subjected to the intolerable high level of crime that exists on multiple levels as detailed below.City size:Based on population Augusta is technically a village with
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The City needs to do better

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I recently just visited Augusta an when i say boring theres nothing going on... Down town is not attractive at all because theres nothing but old closed up building. The city of Augusta should be ashamed. They have nothing to offer.. The shopping is boring nothing to offer.. An you get harrass by the nasty police offiers.. I dont recommend anyone to go there... Just plain boring... Catch up Augusta
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10 Years In Augusta, GA

Attractions6/10
Community9/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining4/10
Shopping4/10
When I moved to Augusta about ten years ago, I didn't know what to expect. The area is beautiful. I can sit on my front porch and watch as kids ride their bikes on the sidewalk and elderly couples hold hands while they walk in the evening. This is a town perfectly suited for a family. There are areas where I've learned that you need to stay away from, but for the most part, I enjoy living in the city. The prices for homes are slightly less expensive on the outskirts than they are in the city limits. The best option is to try to buy a home so that you don't have to pay rent.

Augusta isn't a city that has a lot of activities at night. It's more of a town where you gather together with family and friends to enjoy time spent together. There are more strip malls than there are shopping malls. This is something I like, but I miss shopping at the name brand stores that offer the trendy clothing. While I was in college, I majored in art, so I was thrilled to find that there are a few art museums in the city. The Morris Museum of Art has displays that change frequently, and I've found that they are modern compared to some of the other museums. There are a lot of steps to climb though, so be prepared to walk. The Imperial Theatre is a place to go if you like seeing live shows on stage. The seats are good throughout the building, and the prices are reasonable.
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Depends on the family

Attractions6/10
Community9/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping8/10
Augusta....Augusta. Careers in healthcare are the dominant field here. This can make a nice home for a family. There are free events in the Evans, Grovetown and Downtown. A lot of the people are military and the communities are diverse. Crime downtown?????YES! I would say there is crime here but they have been consistently hiring officers to make a change in the downtown area. Although their mall is fairly small and there is only one, it is growing. This is a small town where knowing someone will get you the job before your qualifications unless you plan on working on the army base. I would say it is fairly rough on employment especially for those exiting the military. Homes are cheap and beautiful. If you have children stay away from Richmond County. Columbia county has more funds and there are better opportunities for their students. It is hard enough to receive a decent education in the south already why make it harder for them in Richmond County. Car dealerships kind of suck if you ask me. There isn't a lot of competition within the same company of cars so they can name their prices on services and repairs. So car repair from the dealer can be pretty unreasonable. Another con....small town ignorance. Of course you have the people who know a lot about nothing and no one. A lot of people believe typical stereotypes so be prepared to hear some offensive comments(if you are not Christian, etc). For the most part people are nice and its growing tremendously. Make sure you subscribe to the local newsletter otherwise little gems of Augusta could go unnoticed. They have universities here so if you have a high school grad they have options to stay home. (So you can keep and eye on your always growing baby and continuously do their laundry....lol) Ow yea nightlife.....non existent. Unless you get with a few good friends then just about anything you do is fun. Few bars packed so tightly on some nights you would rather play beer pong at home with friends(and pull out the grill of course)
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Augusta GA Need More Stuff

Attractions4/10
Community5/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping7/10
Add 10 Buildings To City To Make It More Noticible Add Trolleys And Those Horse Riding Things To The Middle Of THe Streets City Because Some People Would Like To Explore Augusta GA And Would Be Tired Of Walking From Space To Space. Expand The River Half A Mile And Push The Riverwalk Far Back To Have More River Area So We Would Be Able To Have Ferrys Following That Have Resturants, Cafes, Bars Trolleys Along The River. Fourth Add Some Trees To Augusta And What I Mean By Trees Is Peach, Moss, Pine Trees. Make The Town Look Spanishy
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Seriously hit by the economic down turn

Attractions5/10
Community6/10
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I know an opinion of a place comes from the background of the reviewer, but it makes me wonder if the other reviewers are talking about the same place I live.

Yes this place does get the Master's golf tournament, but this doesn't really have an impact on the area except for the week it happens. The course is closed up tighter than the Army Base and the tickets run upwards of $1200.

Augusta is a place where the very rich and the very very very very poor live within miles of each other.

This area has been HARD by the economic down turn and its evident everywhere. Downtown is riddled with boarded up businesses and decaying buildings. South of Downtown is the neighborhood of Turpin Hill which looks like present day Pripyat, Ukraine, only still housing people. Along side the Fort Gordon Highway there is abandoned shopping mall still displaying the Montgomery Wards sign.

There are nice neighborhoods and a handful of good restaurants in Evans and the burbs of Downtown, but unless you have a job cemented when you get here or family to help support you, you will be too broke to enjoy them. The unemployment here is unreal. A friend of mine left her family to go work for a contracting company in Qatar because she had been unemployed for two years.

I wish I could find the "vibrant nightlife" people have told me is here, but so far its been a handful of bars and a few clubs.

Bottom line is, the cost of living might be "affordable" but remember, you get what you pay for.
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Top 3 Reasons Augusta is Where You Want to be for a Good Time

Attractions6/10
Community8/10
Nightlife10/10
Dining10/10
Shopping7/10
As someone who was proudly born and raised in Augusta Georgia I realize that this amazing city is mostly known for the University of Georgia (go Dawgs!) and has a reputation for being one of the top party cities in the state. While it is true that the nightlife is amazing there many other great things about Augusta. Here are my top 3 reasons I'm proud to be a resident of this amazing city.

Restaurants:
If you're not from the South you may have the misconception that all we eat are grits and chitlins. This couldn't be further from the truth and Augusta has an incredible variety of restaurants, diners and taverns to chose from.

One of our most popular restaurants is actually the Taj of India, famous for their incredible Indian cuisine. Other good choices include the Bonefish Grill and Frog Hollow Tavern. When it comes to food, Augusta has something for everybody!

Nightlife:
As with any major college town Augusta is rockin' the party scene. Finding the action isn't hard, just look to any of the popular clubs and bars such as the Loft of Augusta, Sky City or the Coyotes Nightclub.

As with the food there is a huge amount of diversity when it comes to nightlife. If you want some Latin beats head over to the Tropicabana Club. If you want something a bit more edgy try the high-tech Vue (Visual User Environment) Nightclub. If you're looking for something a a bit more traditional be sure to check out the Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon.

Community Events:
Augusta has always had a strong sense of community. From college events to concerts there's plenty to keep you occupied and connected to your fellow Georgians.

If you're into comedy you'll be happy to know that you can find popular comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Lewis Black preforming at the Bell Auditorium and other venues.
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Augusta, GA - More than just the Masters!

Attractions9/10
Community10/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping8/10
Perhaps best known as home to the Masters Golf tournament, there is so much more to Augusta than golf! Augusta exudes southern charm. Ideally situated on the stately Savannah River, Augusta is a haven for those who like to canoe, or simply stroll the river's banks. For those who delight in touring the antebellum mansions of the old south, Augusta, GA will seem like heaven.

Nearby Fort Gordon is in Augusta and is proud to be the home of the U.S. Army's Signal Training Center. Cultural attractions and entertainment venues are plentiful in Augusta.

Dozens of national chains offer lodging in the city of Augusta. A nice, comfortable room can be found at the Baymont Inns and Suites for under $100. Augusta restaurants famous for southern style cooking and savory seafood abound. We like to eat at the Boll Weevil and recommend you either come very hungry or you split a meal because the portions are huge! They also have a selection of mouth watering desserts.
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