Augusta, Georgia

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Augusta, Georgia
Consolidated city–county
Downtown Augusta
Nickname(s):
The Garden City
Motto:
We Feel Good![1]
Location of consolidated Augusta–Richmond County (red) within Richmond County, and location of Richmond County within the U.S. state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°28′12″N 81°58′30″W / 33.47°N 81.975°W / 33.47; -81.975Coordinates: 33°28′12″N 81°58′30″W / 33.47°N 81.975°W / 33.47; -81.975
Country United States
State Georgia
County Richmond County
Established 1736[2]
City-county consolidation 1996[2]
Government
 • Mayor Deke Copenhaver
 • Administrator Frederick L. Russell
Area
 • Consolidated city–county 306.5 sq mi (793 km2)
 • Land 302.1 sq mi (782 km2)
 • Water 4.3 sq mi (11.3 km2)
Elevation[3] 136 ft (45 m)
Population (2010)
 • Consolidated city–county 195,844
 • Density 816/sq mi (1,313/km2)
 • Metro 556,877
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30901, 30904, 30906, 30907, 30909, 30912,[4] 30815[5]
Area code(s) 706, 762[6][7]

Augusta is an American city in the state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 195,182. In 1996, the governments of the City of Augusta and Richmond County combined to form the Augusta-Richmond County. The consolidated city-county is today simply known as "Augusta, Georgia". The area that makes up the city of Augusta includes almost all of Richmond County, except for the towns of Hephzibah and Blythe. These towns have their own governments separate from that of Augusta.

Augusta is on the Georgia/South Carolina border. It is about 150 miles east of Atlanta. It is the second largest city and second largest metropolitan area in the state. Augusta is the birthplace of the Southern Baptist denomination. It is also the location of Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest African-American Baptist church in the United States. The city is famous for its golf course, the Augusta National Golf Club which is home to the first major golf tournament of each year, The Masters.

The city was named for Augusta, Princess of Wales, daughter-in-law of King George II of Great Britain and mother of King George III of Great Britain. It was the second state capital of Georgia from 1785 until 1795

Augusta's official nickname is The Garden City. It is also known as Masters City, because of the Masters golf tournament.

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