Augusta : Georgia


What It Is Like to Retire in Augusta

Augusta, Georgia, the "Garden City," is a city of contrasts. On one hand it is home to the oldest autonomous African-American Baptist church in the country. Its new motto is “We feel good” in honor of native son James Brown. And yet it is home to the most prestigious golf tournament in the world – The Masters. Augusta (population 181,000) is the second largest city in Georgia and is located in Richmond County.

The city, now officially known as Augusta-Richmond, had a rough patch in the 1970’s when many of the downtown businesses moved out to suburban shopping malls. This reviewer remembers being stationed at nearby Ft. Gordon in the early 1970’s – the town had possibilities but a decidedly rough edge. An aggressive urban renewal project led to a revitalization of its beautiful and overlooked riverfront. The Riverwalk project now features an amphitheatre, hotels, museums, and art galleries. First Friday, a monthly night festival, is a recent project to keep the downtown vital and busy. There are many new businesses, restaurants, and art galleries in the downtown.

Where to Retire in Augusta and Home Prices

Active adults who choose Augusta as their retirement community will find a great variety of housing options. You can live in a charming neighborhood – either in an historic home (more expensive) or in a smaller but newer home. The Summerville Historic District is a charming neighborhood of 18th to 20th century homes that was once a separate community of summer homes for Augusta city-dwellers. There are also condominiums and single family homes in the many active adult communities in the area.
Real estate prices in Augusta tend to be lower than the rest of the state. The median home value was $134,159 in mid-2021, according to Zillow. Homes in certain fancier neighborhoods or developments are higher.


What Is Special about Augusta

Riverwalk Augusta area on the Savannah; Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Golf Tournament; Rockin' Rib and Music Fest; tree lined streets and antebellum mansions; Augusta Museum of History; 3 colleges including Augusta State University; Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens; Augusta-Richmond County James Brown Arena; Confederate Powderworks; Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home


What Is Not Special about Augusta

There is considerable poverty in Augusta. Some northerners might have trouble adjusting to living in a southern city.

Who Will Like Retirement in Augusta

Augusta attracts a community of adults who want an active lifestyle and who want to live in the south in a diverse culture (about 50% of the residents of the county are African-American). Many former military personnel live here. 

Local Economy Is Driven by

The region's three largest employers include the Savannah River Site (a nuclear facility), the U.S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon, and the Medical College of Georgia. The Masters Golf Tournament brings in considerable revenue in the spring. Two of the largest golf cart manufacturers are here E-Z-Go and Club Car. Construction has almost become very important.


Climate and Physical Environment

Augusta is located on the Georgia/South Carolina border, about 150 miles east of Atlanta. View Google Map for Augusta. For more retirement communities in Georgia

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; Morris Museum of Art (art of the south and southern artists); Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens; Jessye Norman Amphitheater; Imperial Theatre; Bell Auditorium; numerous performing arts organizations include the Augusta Ballet, Opera, Symphony, Players, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, as well as the Augusta State University Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre



Crime in Augusta is above the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are 3 hospitals including St. Josephs and the Georgia Regional Hospital


Augusta Regional Airport offers service.  Augusta is average in walkability when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

Augusta GA

Augusta on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Augusta

Augusta GA has a lot to offer
My first exposure to Augusta was a 2nd lieutenant going through the basic officer's signal course at Fort Gordon (38 years ago!). Of course it had the Master's Tournament, but that golf course was off-limits to the likes of me. The downtown was kind of rough, a bit of an army town and signs of decay. That said, Augusta has really turned itself around! It's the second biggest city in Georgia, has an aggressive and succesful urban renewal program along the Savannah River (Riverwalk Center), a medical school, lots of big time employers in addition to the U.S. Army Signal Corps. And of course the Masters brings a lot of fun to town. If you are looking for a lower cost town, one that's racially diverse and has a lot to do, Augusta might be worth looking at. Average home shown on zillow is about $100,000, more in the fancier areas.
Posted by youngatheart on December 07, 2008

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