Located near the South Carolina border, Augusta, Georgia, is the state's second-largest metro area. Most out-of-towners recognize the city as the home of the Masters Golf Tournament, but those who live in Augusta know there's much more to the area than fairways and sand traps.

Founded in the early 1700s along the Savannah River, Augusta played a crucial role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Augusta even spent a decade as the state capital in the late 18th century, and more recently, Augusta was the childhood home of James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul." But the city isn't stuck in the past. Today, Augusta is home to a thriving culinary scene, and residents show a deep appreciation for the arts and the outdoors.

Augusta is also becoming a destination for retirees who want warm weather and a low cost of living. Plus, suburbs in nearby towns Evans, Martinez and Grovetown are go-to places for families to settle and commute into the city.

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