What's it like to live in Augusta, GA?


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Carolyn Crist

Located near the South Carolina border, Augusta, Georgia, is the state's second largest metropolitan area. Most out-of-towners recognize Augusta as the home of the Masters golf tournament, but those who live here know there's much more to the area than fairways and sand traps.

Founded in the early 1700s along the Savannah River, Augusta played a crucial role in the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Augusta even spent a decade as the state capital in the late 18th century, and more recently, Augusta was the childhood home of James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul." But the metro area isn't stuck in the past. Today, Augusta is home to a thriving culinary scene, and residents show a deep appreciation for the arts and the outdoors.

Augusta is also becoming a destination for retirees who want warm weather and a low cost of living. Plus, suburbs in nearby towns Evans, Martinez and Grovetown are go-to places for families to settle and commute into the downtown area.

Rankings

U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Augusta, Georgia is ranked:

#91 in Best Places to Live

#57 in Best Places to Retire

6.4

Overall

Scorecard

Best Places to Live

  • Desirability
    6.1
  • Value
    7.1
  • Job Market
    6.2
  • Quality of Life
    6.1
  • Net Migration
    6.5

Read how we rank places

Augusta, GA Quick Stats

  • 594,300

    Metro Population

  • $44,980

    Average Annual Salary

  • 76.8° / 50.9°

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 37.3

    Median Age

  • $151,550

    Median Home Price

  • 43.6 inches

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 3.6%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $840

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 24.0 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

What is there to do in Augusta, GA?

Augusta is probably best known for its golf courses. The scenic Augusta National Golf Club hosts the Masters Tournament every year. Those who aren't golfers will also find plenty of ways to get outside in Augusta.

In the downtown area, the Augusta Riverwalk features two parallel brick walkways: one along the Savannah River and the other elevated above. Saturday farmers markets and Sunday jazz concerts take place along the river between May and August. Sports fans can cheer on the Augusta GreenJackets minor league baseball team just across the state line in North Augusta, South Carolina.

For a dose of nature, residents head to the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and Clarks Hill Lake. History buffs can tour President Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home or visit the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. Residents also enjoy concerts at the James Brown Arena, plays at the Imperial Theatre and fine art at the Morris Museum of Art.

What's the cost of living in Augusta, GA?

The cost of living in Augusta varies by neighborhood, but overall it's cheaper than the national average. This low cost of living draws families, college students and retirees who want to live in a decently sized metro area but not pay a high price for housing. 

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Value Index

Index Score: 7.1 /10

How we calculate this.


Augusta offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs 2019


Augusta
$151,550

USA
$232,933

Housing Costs Over Time

Data sourced from Zillow median home sale price data series. Additional data provided by the Austin Board of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Intermountain MLS, Omaha Area Board of Realtors, San Antonio Board of Realtors, and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

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What's the weather like in Augusta, GA?

Augusta sees a good amount of rain each year, and it remains humid year-round. It hardly snows in Augusta, though winter weather can prompt businesses and schools to close. 

Seasonal Temperature (Avgs)

47.2°F


Winter

63.2°F


Spring

80.2°F


Summer

64.7°F


Fall

Seasonal Rainfall (Avgs)

3.9 in


Winter

4.2 in


Spring

4.7 in


Summer

3.3 in


Fall

Monthly High and Low Temperatures (°F)

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center.

What's the best way to get around Augusta, GA?

The majority of Augusta residents rely on their cars to get around. Augusta's downtown and Riverwalk are pedestrian-friendly, but moving around the rest of the metro area requires a car.

Augusta Public Transit operates fixed bus routes, but given its limited coverage, it's not a primary mode of transportation for most residents.

The Augusta Regional Airport offers limited service via Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. For more options, residents can travel 150 miles west to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Commuting in Augusta, GA

Means of Transportation
Driving
94%
Above national average

Bicycling
0%
Equal to national average

Walking
2%
Equal to national average

Public Transit
1%
Below national average
Average Commute Time

24.0 minutes

2.6 minutes less than national average

Average Commute Times by Zip Code

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Who lives in Augusta, GA?

In general, Augusta attracts families, retirees and, thanks to Augusta University and its Medical College of Georgia, college students. Due to its proximity to Fort Gordon, the area is also home to thousands of military families. 

Age Distribution

Marital Status Breakdown


About the same number of single people in Augusta as national average

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.