Augusta, GA, City and Higher Education Information

Augusta is a city in the eastern portion of Georgia. Located across the Savannah River from South Carolina, this city has a few colleges and universities. Find out more about its population, economy and school options below.

Information about Augusta, Georgia

Situated on the banks of the Savannah River in the eastern part of the state, Augusta lies about halfway between two of Georgia's biggest cities, Atlanta and Savannah. It was founded in 1736, just three years after Savannah, making it the state's second-oldest city. Today, after a city-county merger, Augusta-Richmond County has a population of nearly 200,000, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates. The population is 55% African-American and 37.4% Caucasian, according to 2010 census data.

Antebellum charm and old-fashioned southern hospitality still characterize Augusta, and the city features such historic attractions as the winding Riverwalk, a six-block scenic pathway along the Savannah River. The Riverwalk is host to numerous concerts and outdoor events year-round. Nationally, Augusta is most well-known as the home of the Masters, one of the world's most prestigious men's professional golf tournaments. The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and the historic Springfield Baptist Church - one of the oldest African-American churches in the country - are also all found in the city.

Higher Education

The private, historically black Paine College is located here. It offers bachelor's degrees in areas like business, communication and education. Augusta Technical College, a two-year community and professional school, has programs for about 4,000 students. Public 4-year schools in the city include Augusta University and East Georgia State College's Augusta campus. A few cosmetology schools and proprietary colleges are also found in Augusta.

Economy and Employment

Augusta and Richmond County's population earned a median household income of $37,593 per year, according to 2010-2014 U.S. census data, compared to $49,342 for the state as a whole. The local economy offers jobs in such fields as manufacturing, retail trade, health care, education, finance and hospitality. Augusta is somewhat of a regional tourist destination, particularly during the Masters season. The rest of the year finds it playing host to a large number of conventions, which bolster the economy as conventioneers go shopping, take in the nightlife and pay for accommodations.

Per data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the highest sector of employment for the Augusta, GA-SC area was government, with nearly 48,000 jobs. Trade, transportation, and utilities had about 40,000 jobs, while professional and business services held nearly 34,000 jobs.

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