Located in east Georgia, barely a stone’s throw from the South Carolina border, Augusta is the very epicenter of genteel southern hospitality, but with a modern edge. Settled in the early 1700s, the city saw tremendous growth in the late 1800s once word got out about the mild winter temperatures and climate suited to year-round outdoor activities. In fact, Augusta continues to milk these weather benefits on an international level as the site of professional golf’s most prestigious event, the Masters Tournament, which welcomes the greatest in the game to Augusta National Golf Club every year. Although that might be the city’s most well-known claim to fame, Augusta is about far more than just one sport. Over time, it has blossomed into one of the most well-rounded, welcoming mid-sized cities in the South, thanks to its cost of living, cultural diversity and promising job opportunities. Augusta homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $189,900. Homes for sale in Augusta can be found in neighborhoods like Laney-Walker Historic District, Windsor Forest and ultra-modern Spirit Pointe.

Golfing aside, one of the crown jewels of Augusta is the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, the only public medical school in the state. Its expansive campus, affordable education and prestigious reputation draw many of the best soon-to-be doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the region to study there. As a result, Augusta boasts a booming, high-caliber healthcare industry, which is great for both residents who need their services and those looking for work in related fields. Nearby U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon military base are major employers to area professionals, as are Kellogg’s, PCS Nitrogen, Starbucks and many others.

Situated on the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta is a draw for water-lovers who enjoy kayaking and canoeing. Area lakes are also popular for sailing, boating and swimming. The Augusta Riverwalk is one popular way to take in the area’s expansive scenery, or you can bike or hike Phinizy Swamp and Augusta Canal Heritage Area. Mountain bikers, in particular, are sure to love the Forks Area Trail System, known to locals simply as “FATS.” The city is also where the headquarters of the Professional Disc Golf Association is located!

Lovers of dining, art and general culture are also likely to find a happy home in Augusta. Music legend James Brown once called Augusta home, and the city continues a commitment to performance art, particularly thanks to productions by the Augusta Players at the Imperial Theatre. Fine arts enthusiasts should also check out the Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the Augusta Choral Society.