Augusta metropolitan area
Augusta-Richmond County metropolitan statistical area
Downtown Augusta
Downtown Augusta
Augusta MSA highlighted in red
Augusta MSA highlighted in red
Country United States
StateGeorgia (U.S. state) Georgia South Carolina South Carolina
Largest cityAugusta
 • Total4,045 sq mi (10,480 km2)
 • Land3,932 sq mi (10,180 km2)
 • Water113 sq mi (290 km2)  2.8%
 • Total611,000
 • Density150/sq mi (58/km2)
 • Rank
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area codes478, 706, 762, 803, 839, 864

The Augusta metropolitan area, officially the Augusta-Richmond County metropolitan statistical area according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Census Bureau and other agencies, is a metropolitan statistical area centered on the city of Augusta, Georgia. It straddles two U.S. states, Georgia and South Carolina, and includes the Georgia counties of Richmond, Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, and McDuffie as well as the South Carolina counties of Aiken and Edgefield. The official 2022 U.S. census estimate for the area was 624,083 residents, up from 611,000 at the 2020 U.S. census.[2]


The Augusta metropolitan area consists of seven counties: five in Georgia, and two in South Carolina. Among the counties making up the metropolitan region, Richmond, Aiken, and Columbia were its most populous. Making up more than 4,045 sq mi (10,480 square kilometers) in total area, the MSA would be larger than Delaware if it were a U.S. state.

Georgia metropolitan counties

County Population (2020)
Richmond County 206,607
Columbia County 156,010
Burke County 24,596
McDuffie County 21,632
Lincoln County 7,690
Total: 416,535

South Carolina metropolitan counties

County Population (2020)
Aiken County 168,808
Edgefield County 25,657
Total: 194,465


Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 10,000 to 40,000 inhabitants

Places with 5,000 to 10,000 inhabitants

Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants

Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants


According to the 2000 United States census, there were 499,684 people, 184,801 households, and 132,165 families residing within the MSA.[3] By the 2020 census, its population was 611,000, with a 2021 census-estimated metropolitan population of 624,083.[2]

In 2000, the racial and ethnic composition of the Augusta metropolitan area was 60.81% White American, 35.09% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.42% Asian American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic and Latino Americans of any race were 2.40% of the population. According to the 2022 American Community Survey,[4] its racial and ethnic makeup was 52% White, 34% African American, 2% Asian, 1% other, 4% multiracial, and 6% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the MSA was $36,933, and the median income for a family was $42,869. Males had a median income of $34,574 versus $22,791 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $17,652. In 2022, the estimated median household income was $64,851 with a per capita income of $34,401. Of its population, 40% earned less than $50,000 annually; 29% earned from $50,000 to $100,000 annually; 23% $100,000 to $200,000; and 8% earned more than $200,000 annually.[4] Among the metropolitan population, approximately 15% lived at or below the poverty line.


In terms of religious adherence and observance, Christianity is the MSA's largest religion. Located within the Bible Belt, Christians became the largest religious group during British colonization of the Americas and the establishment of the Province of Georgia. Before European exploration and colonization of the Americas, Native American religions were predominant in the present-day metropolitan area.

According to a 2020 study by the Association of Religion Data Archives, the largest overall Christian groups were Baptists, non-denominational Protestants, and Catholics; and the largest Christian denominations were the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, and the National Baptist Convention, USA and National Missionary Baptist Convention.[5] Prominent non-mainstream Christian denominations were the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

In the same 2020 Association of Religion Data Archives study, Hinduism is the Augusta metropolitan area's second-largest religion, followed by Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, the Baha'i Faith, Sikhism, and Jainism. Among its metropolitan Jewish community, the largest Jewish denominations or movements were Conservative Judaism, Reform Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, and Chabad.[5]


The largest metropolitan industries are medicine, biotechnology, cyber security, manufacturing, and education. Prominent employers and organizations throughout the region have been Augusta University, Augusta Technical College, Paine College, East Georgia State College and Georgia Military College, the Richmond County School System, Savannah River Site,[6] Encompass Health Corporation,[7] T-Mobile, Teleperformance, and Coca-Cola.[8] Among the colleges and universities, Augusta University has made an economic impact of $2.24 billion and more than 21,000 jobs to the state's economy as of 2022.[9]



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See also


  1. ^ "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". 2012 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2013. Archived from the original (CSV) on 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  2. ^ a b "Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Population Totals: 2020-2022". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2024-01-30.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Census profile: Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metro Area". Census Reporter. Retrieved 2024-01-05.
  5. ^ a b "Congregational Membership Reports". Association of Religion Data Archives. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  6. ^ "SRS - Where We Are". Savannah River Site. Retrieved 2024-01-05.
  7. ^ "Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Augusta". Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health. Retrieved 2024-01-05.
  8. ^ "Augusta". Coca-Cola UNITED. Retrieved 2024-01-05.
  9. ^ Austin, Milledge (2022-06-29). "Augusta University adds $2.24 billion, over 21,000 jobs to Georgia economy". Jagwire. Retrieved 2024-01-05.
  10. ^ "Fall Line Freeway" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 4, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2011.