Augusta, Georgia

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Augusta, Georgia
Downtown Augusta
Nickname(s): 

The Garden City
Motto(s): 

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
Location of consolidated Augusta–Richmond County (red) within Richmond County, and location of Richmond County within the U.S. state of Georgia
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CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyRichmond County
Established1736[2]
City-county consolidation1996[2]
Government
 • MayorDeke Copenhaver
 • AdministratorFrederick L. Russell
Area
 • Consolidated city–county306.5 sq mi (793 km2)
 • Land302.1 sq mi (782 km2)
 • Water4.3 sq mi (11.3 km2)
Elevation136 ft (45 m)
Population
(2010)
 • Consolidated city–county195,844
 • Density816/sq mi (1,313/km2)
 • Metro
556,877
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
30901, 30904, 30906, 30907, 30909, 30912,[4] 30815[5]
Area code(s)706, 762[6][7]
WebsiteAugustaGA.gov

Augusta is a 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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