Augusta GA Metro 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

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The Augusta Georgia area is located on the border of Georgia and South Carolina. The Augusta area includes several towns within the Augusta-Richmond County consolidated city-county and is the second largest metro area in Georgia. One of the many reasons the Augusta area is popular with 55+ active adults is that Augusta is just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the Atlantic Ocean.

Climate & Geography

The Augusta area has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are consistently hot and humid, with July temperatures averaging 82° and January temperatures around 45°. Temperatures in the winter occasionally dip below freezing but while snowfall is rare freezing rain can be an issue.

Augusta is located along the Savannah River which is the dividing line between Georgia and South Carolina. The river also has several dams which provide hydroelectric power to the area.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

Golfing is a popular sport in the Augusta area, retirees can enjoy hitting the links at one of the 30+ golf courses in the area. Augusta is also home to the Masters Tournament; the tournament has been held at the Augusta National course since 1934 and is the first major championship of the season in April.

For residents who prefer cultural activities Augusta has a variety of theatres and musical venues including the James Brown Arena, named after the famous musician. The many museums in the area are popular with history buffs and many of the museums represent the historical role the area played in the Civil War and Reconstruction.

For active adults looking for outdoor activities there are several parks and natural areas available:

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park on the outskirts of Augusta has dog-friendly trails and hiking trails through wetlands and forests.
  • Augusta Canal Park offers a place where residents can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and mountain biking.
  • Reed Creek Nature Park in Martinez has a raised wetland boardwalk and trail that is popular with joggers. The park also has a master gardener’s demonstration and pollinator garden as well as an interpretive center which offers educational experiences for all ages.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The cost of living in the Augusta area is about 13% lower than the national average which is helpful for retirees on a budget. Georgia has a progressive tax structure with six groups that range from 1% – 6%. The state sales tax on goods is 4%. There is no sales tax on prescription drugs, approved medical devices, and food items for home use. However, there is a tax levied on alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel. Property taxes are paid to the county in which the residence is located.

Health Care

Retirement communities in the Augusta area are close to several hospitals and medical centers. The highest rated by U.S. News and World Reports is University Hospital-Augusta with Aiken Regional Medical Center second on the list. There are also two military hospitals in the area: Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

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