Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta is the oldest and second largest city in Georgia. Augusta has been rated as the second best place to live in Georgia, and 111th in the nation. (Places Rated Almanac).
Augusta is approximately 150 miles east of Atlanta on Interstate 20 in east central Georgia at the South Carolina border. Augusta is centrally located just two and a half hours from the beach and the mountains.
Augusta is home to the United States Army Signal Center Fort Gordon, the state’s Medical College and Augusta State University. The city is also recognized for its state-of-the-art medical facilities and growing business and manufacturing sectors.
Once a year during the first full week of April the eyes of the world are focused on Augusta when the world’s greatest golfers gather at the Augusta National Golf Club for the Masters Tournament.
Augusta was once the capital of Georgia and has a large number of historically significant homes and facilities. The Cotton Exchange, established in 1872, supplied local businessmen with cattle and grain quotations from Chicago, stock averages from New York and daily market prices for cotton. In addition, Augusta is home to Woodrow Wilson's (28th president of the United States) child hood home; the Ezekiel Harris House; George Walton’s (signer of the Declaration of Independence) home and many more historical places of interest.
Augusta is home to the godfather of soul, James Brown, and is the birthplace of Amy Grant, Laurence Fishburne, Jessye Norman, Terri Gibbs, Danny Glover, Joe Penney, boxer Ray Mercer, novelist Frank Yerby, professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and pro golfer Larry Mize. Ty Cobb, a great baseball player of his time, also made his home in Augusta.
Augusta reflects the historic charm of the classic South with its tree-lined streets and majestic antebellum mansions. There are dozens of shops and restaurants, cultural and historic attractions in Augusta.
With an average temperature of 62.7 degrees, Augustans spend much of the year outside taking advantage of many parks and recreational facilities.