Life is Good


The accolades keep coming. Along with the honors that Columbia County communities earn year after year, Augusta also is turning heads.

For 2022-23, U.S. News & World Report ranked Augusta as the top spot in Georgia and #76 overall on its list of Best Places to Live and #79 on its list of Best Places to Retire.

In addition, named Augusta to its list of 30 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2022.

To compile its lists, U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas in the United States. Augusta was lauded for its culinary and arts scenes, outdoor amenities, low cost of living and warm weather.

The magazine also gave a shoutout to Evans, Martinez and Grovetown as go-to places for families to settle.

Top retirement criteria included the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and health care quality.

In its ranking, cites the area’s low cost of living, which is 13% below the national average; tax friendliness for retirees; and availability of outdoor activities such as running, walking, biking, kayaking and boating.