Augusta–Richmond County US /ə.ˈɡʌs.tə/ is a consolidated city-county on the central eastern border of the U.S. state of Georgia, and located at the fall line of the Savannah River, at the head of its navigable portion. It is in the piedmont section of the state.
The city was named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719–1772).
According to 2012 US Census estimates, the Augusta–Richmond County population was 197,872, not counting the unconsolidated cities of Hephzibah and Blythe.
Augusta is the principal city of the Augusta–Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area, which as of 2012 had an estimated population of 580,270, making it the third-largest city and the second-largest metro area in the state after Atlanta. It is the 116th-largest city in the United States. Internationally, Augusta is best known for hosting The Masters golf tournament each spring.
The area along the river was long inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples, who relied on the river...