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Best Cities 2010: Augusta, GA

City: Augusta 

State: Georgia 

Best Cities Overall Rank: 20

About Augusta: Also known as Garden City, Augusta hosts the Masters Golf Tournament, and is the birthplace of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

Augusta is home to MCGHealth, quality children's hospital, and also ranks 69 amongst our safest cities.

County: Richmond

Population: 194,149

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Augusta Chronicle

Augusta blogs:

The Getts Times


Augusta's Facebook page: Follow Augusta on Facebook


Education rank: 74

High School graduation rate 2008: 63.79%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.03

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 1

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.52

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,184


Health rank: 9

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.52

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 25

Violent Crimes, 2009: 1,308

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 673.71

Sex Offenders: 202

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 104.04


Economy rank: 56

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 19           

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10       

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 895.39

Median Home Sale Price: $96,100                     

5-Year Home Value Index: 1.51%                        

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 28.33%      


Recreation Rank:  5

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 6,789         

Parkland per 100,000: 3,496.79