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About Columbia County

Columbia County Courthouse Building, Photo by Chris Harrison

Among the several surrounding areas of Augusta is Columbia County, which was originally part of Richmond County (now incorporated Augusta). In 1790 when the Legislature established Columbia County (which included much of modern McDuffie County) from Richmond, it opened up the flood gates to prosperity in the tobacco and cotton industries. Starting in the mid1950's, the southern most part of the county became a bedroom community to Richmond County. Now fifty years later with the availability of modern day utilities, a premier school system and a pleasant climate, it has experienced tremendous residential and commercial growth. Columbia County is predominantly residential and includes affordable land, a premier school system, a diversified job market, a highly skilled workforce and a stable county government. The average household income in Columbia County ranks third among Georgias 159 counties.

In 1950 the population of Columbia County was approximately 9,525 to more than 105,000 in 2006. Rapid growth has transformed the county from a rural neighbor of Augusta to a major suburban county in the second largest metropolitan area in Georgia. With a low cost of living, high-quality health care and an average temperature of 64 degrees, it is easy to see why the area has experienced rapid growth. Among all of the luxuries that growth brings, Columbia County offers many outdoor activities whether its on Clark Hill Lake, on the Savannah River or in one of the eight parks that call Columbia County home. All of the parks offer open spaces to walk and or have a picnic, but some offer horseback riding, Jet ski rental, Camping, Swimming, Tennis courts, Football Fields, Baseball Fields, Soccer Fields and a great recreation department where children of all ages can sign up for any sport that they would like to play.

Local Resources
  • Columbia County Government

    Offering residents and visitors of Columbia County information about their government services and other helpful resources related to living in Columbia County.
  • North Augusta Chamber of Commerce

    The Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit business organization representing the interests of businesses in the North Augusta, Beech Island, and Belvedere communities.
  • Fort Gordon

    U.S. Army Signal Center Fort Gordon
  • City of North Augusta

    The City of North Augusta's website provides the public with convenient and efficient access to information about North Augusta services, activities and policies, and promotes a positive image for the community.
  • Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce

    The Augusta Metro and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce jointly represents the voices of small and large businesses alike to promote a business-friendly community environment. Established in 1905, the Chamber's mission is to enhance the economic prosperity of Richmond, Columbia, and Burke counties by promoting the location, development and expansion of new and existing businesses.
  • Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau

    The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes you to Augusta, Georgia. Browse our site to discover more about visiting our city as well as planning meetings, festivals, sporting, and holiday events.
  • Augusta-Richmond County Government

    Welcome to the Official Web Site of the Augusta, Georgia government, where you can find information about available services as well as other helpful resources for living in Augusta.
  • Aiken County Government

    AikenCountySC.gov Official Website of Aiken County Government. The Willis Irvin Exhibit, the Triple Crown Exhibit, and the Hitchcock Woods Exhibit.
  • The City of Aiken

    Offering residents and visitors of Aiken County information about their government services and other helpful resources related to living in Aiken County.
  • Aiken Chamber of Commerce

    Your connection to everything that is happening in Aiken, SC.
Schools and Colleges
  • Columbia County Board of Education

    Welcome to Columbia County Schools On-Line, where you can find specific information about our school system and stay informed about school district activities and events.
  • Richmond County Board of Education

    Find information about the Richmond County school system - calendars, news, and policies.
  • Augusta State University

    Located in the second largest city in Georgia, Augusta State University is a unique blend of the old and the new, the traditional and the innovative. Browse our pages and see how it all comes together to make Augusta State University truly unique among Georgia's colleges and universities.
  • Paine College

    Paine College is a church-related, four-year, residential, liberal arts college, supported by the United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund.
  • Georgia Health Sciences University

    Georgia Health Sciences University, home of The Medical College of Georgia, the state's health sciences university, offers resources and services for those throughout Georgia and beyond. In addition to second-to-none health care services offered through MCG Health, Inc., the university offers continuing education courses; community seminars, workshops and health fairs; tours for the community and prospective students; organizations to strengthen MCG's bond with the community; and many other resources.
  • Augusta Technical College

    The mission of Augusta Technical College is to promote the educational, economic, and community development of the Central Savannah River Area.
  • Aiken County Public Schools

    Features a message from the Superintendent, calendars, menus, and information about the Board, area schools, personnel and student achievement.
  • Aiken Tech

    See why ATC is your best choice, click on the Future Students tab above and discover all we have to offer.
  • USC Aiken

    The University of South Carolina at Aiken provides the best in public college education.
  • Augusta Ballet School

    The moment you enter the doors of the Augusta Ballet School, you'll feel a difference. Professionally trained staff and specially built floors lead you to the realization that this is no ordinary ballet school. From beginning ballet to the professional level, the pursuit of excellence makes the difference that sets the Augusta Ballet School above the rest.
Arts and Entertainment
  • Augusta Symphony

    Continuing in a the tradition of excellence, ASO offers MasterWorks, POPS at the Bell, Publix Family, Chamber Players, and Discovery Concerts as well as Children's Concerts in Aiken and the Aiken Series. With the ASO's reputation firmly established as "The Jewel of the South," The Augusta Symphony continues the tradition in this new millennium.
  • Augusta Performing Arts

    Augusta's webguide for the local performing arts.
  • Augusta Dining

    Augusta's webguide for dining.
  • Augusta Museum of History

    The Augusta Museum of History is a model in the history museum profession and a source of community pride. It serves as the steward of the community?s material past and as a reference point for the future.
  • Morris Museum of Art

    The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, is home to a broad-based survey collection of Southern art. As a museum dedicated to exhibiting and exploring the art and artists of the South, the Morris is preserving and enhancing a cultural legacy.
  • Fort Discovery

    Fort Discovery is a family-oriented math and science center as well as the home-base for an array of national educational outreach programs. The primary mission of the NSC is to improve technical literacy and to encourage an interest in math and science careers.
  • Augusta Opera

    Join us in celebrating Augusta Opera's new and exciting 2005-2006 season.
News
Sports
Area Attractions
  • Georgia Golf Hall of Fame

    The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame was created in 1982 with a purpose to preserve golf history in both the state and region, honor those, living or dead, who by achievement have produced lasting contributions to the sport of golf in the state or elsewhere, inspire Georgia youth involved in golf to reach their highest potential.
  • Masters Golf Tournament

    The official site of the Master's Golf Tournament.
  • The Augusta Canal

    Augusta Canal- Georgia's only designated National Heritage Area.
  • Phinizy Swamp

    This site provides information about Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that manages and is developing the Nature Park.