Downtown at a Glance
Downtown Augusta is situated along a picturesque riverfront featuring paths, magnificent vistas and open spaces. It is bound by the Savannah River to the north, Walton Way to the south, 5th Street to the east and the medical district to the west. Its well-designed network of roadways and sidewalks makes downtown easily accessible.
Serving as the focal point for a metropolitan population of 500,000, downtown has undergone major public and private investment in revitalization and beautification initiatives.
The downtown area is home to a majority of Augusta’s tourism generators, including museums, performing arts centers and professional sports teams. Downtown also includes the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, one of only 27 designated heritage areas in the nation. A beautiful riverfront serves as a popular gathering place for daily lunches and conversation breaks, as well as a main stage for outdoor entertainment throughout the year.
The outlook for downtown is bright, as recent investment has generated a flurry of activity. New restaurants, additional retail and more people visiting has invigorated downtown. Today, downtown is Augusta’s center of community activity.
- Resident Population: 2,661
- Households: 1,540
- Housing: 1,679 units (8.1% owner units, 82.1% rental units, 9.8% vacant)
- Resident Labor Force: 799
- Workforce Population: 17,479
- Businesses: 895
- Major employers: Medical College of Georgia (7,800), University Hospital (3,860), Augusta-Richmond County Government (2,600).
- Retail Goods and Services Expenditures: $44,295,123
- Major Planned Investment: $136,000,000
- Transportation: 3 major arterials (AADT from 2,905 to 21,864; all roadways LOS C or better)
- Colleges and Universities: Medical College of Georgia, Paine College, Cambridge College.
- Medical Facilities: Medical College of Georgia, University Hospital.
- Land Use: Mixed residential/commercial, with major institutional uses interspersed.
- Tourism: 1.5 million visitors annually (city wide) generating $366 million in revenues.