Augusta, officially Augusta–Richmond County, is a consolidated city-county on the central eastern border of the U.S. state of Georgia. The city lies across the Savannah River from South Carolina at the head of its navigable portion. Augusta is Georgia's third-largest city and is located in the Fall Line section of the state.
Augusta is the principal city of the Augusta metropolitan area which includes Blythe and Hephzibah. Internationally, Augusta is best known for hosting The Masters golf tournament each spring. The Masters brings over 200,000 visitors from across the world to the Augusta National Golf Club. Membership at Augusta National is widely considered to be the most exclusive in the sport of golf across the world. The city is home to Fort Gordon, a major U.S. Army base. In 2016, it was announced that the new National Cyber Security Headquarters would be based in Augusta.
Augusta is a regional centre of medicine, biotechnology, and cyber security. Augusta University, the state's only public health sciences graduate university, employs over 7,000 people. Along with University Hospital, the Medical District of Augusta employs over 25,000 people and has an economic impact of over $1.8 billion. The city's three largest employers are Augusta University, the Savannah River Site (a Department of Energy nuclear facility) and the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, which oversees training for Cyber, Signal Corps, and Electronic Warfare.
Companies that have facilities, headquarters or distribution centres in the Augusta metro area include CareSouth, NutraSweet, T-Mobile, Covidien, Solo Cup Company, Automatic Data Processing, Graphic Packaging International, Solvay S.A., Bridgestone, Teleperformance, Olin Corporation, Sitel, E-Z-GO, Taxslayer, Elanco, KSB Company (Georgia Iron Works), Club Car (Worldwide Headquarters), Halocarbon, MTU Friedrichshafen (subsidiary of Tognum), Kimberly Clark Corporation, Nutrien (formerly PotashCorp), John Deere, Kellogg's and Delta Air Lines' baggage call center.
The top manufacturing employers in the city include: Textron Specialized Vehicles, Covidien, Graphic Packaging International, Kellogg's, FPL Food, Procter & Gamble, Thermal Ceramics, Resolute Forest Products, Boral Brick, Nutrien.
The top public sector employers include: Fort Gordon, Augusta University, Richmond County School System, University Hospital, Augusta University Health System, Augusta–Richmond County, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, East Central Regional Hospital, Doctors Hospital.
Augusta was ranked #472 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Augusta has a population of over 197,888 people. Augusta also forms part of the wider Augusta metropolitan area which has a population of over 600,151 people. Augusta is the #116 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.2568 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.