Augusta, (WJBF) So what’s so great about Augusta– other than the world’s most prestigious golf tournament?
According to the math from US News and World Report, it’s the 72nd best place to live in the country. The Garden City has in its favor, a low unemployment rate, and a housing market that averages about $80,000 less than the national average.
The ranking sites things like Phinizy swamp and the Riverwalk for the outdoor lover, along with the Savannah River and its access. U.S. News and World Report also noted Augusta as a retiree friendly location for its affordability and mild temperatures.
One of the factors contributing to the ranking is Augusta’s diverse religious community, which the authors say is rare for cities in the Bible Belt of the Southeast. The draw of people to Ft. Gordon as well as Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia, helps add to its well rounded culture as a mid-size town with a big town feel.
Augusta did have poor marks for crime in the rankings. Property crimes in the Augusta metro area are higher than the national average, violent crimes are lower than in cities of similar size. The publication also noted, the college readiness index for education is lower than other cities of the same size.
Augusta, along with Atlanta, were the only 2 Georgia cities to break the top 100 in the annual report, Atlanta ranked #57. To read the full article and the breakdown of Augusta’s score see the entire article here.