Regularly scheduled DDA board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the DDA office
located at 936 Broad Street, Suite 107. This is a tentative schedule. Please call 706-722-8000 to confirm.

NOTICE: The regularly scheduled Downtown Advisory Panel meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Redemption Church (The Doris Building) located at 930 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

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Quality of Life

The tourism and recreation section highlighted numerous aspects of quality of life. Ongoing efforts to expand and improve open spaces in downtown continue to render the district a more livable place. Other aspects of quality of life are equally important in drawing new residents and businesses.

Cost of Living

At 17.3% below the national average, the cost of living in the Augusta metro area is among the lowest in the nation. With the exception of food costs, all indices lie below the national average. Low housing costs have been one of the biggest draws for Augusta.

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Crime

Safety and security are major considerations for residents and workers. Augusta has some of the safest neighborhoods anywhere. At 434 crimes per 100,000, Augusta’s violent crime rate is lower than all Georgia’s 7 largest cities and is 7.1% below the national average. Although property crime is above the national average, it is below all but one of the state’s largest cities.

Fire Services

Fire insurance rates for residents and businesses are dependent on the Insurance Services Office Public Protection Classification system (PPC). PPC is used to rate fire districts from 1 (best) to 10 (worst) based on measures that examine elements of a fire district or city’s fire suppression system. The classification is divided into three major sections: (1) fire department organization; (2) available water supply; and (3) how fire alarms are received and handled. Augusta’s PPC rating is 2, placing downtown is an elite group of the top 10% of the nation’s fire departments. This translates into hundreds to thousands of dollars of annual savings for downtown residents and businesses.

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Parks and Trails along the Riverwalk

Medical Facilities

All but one of the Augusta metropolitan area’s major hospitals are concentrated in the downtown area. The Medical College of Georgia and University Hospital alone combine to offer over 1,137 beds and a full range of medical services (in addition to nearby Saint Joseph Hospital, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Walton Rehabilitation Center), easily making downtown Augusta, for its size, one of the largest medical facilities concentrations in the nation.


Medical Facilities Personnel and Use Rates

 

United States
Augusta MSA
Medical Utilization

Total

Per
1,000

Total

Per 1,000

Total Population (2000)

281,421,906

N/A

477,441

N/A

Hospitals

4,949

N/A

6

N/A

Beds

822,531

2.9

1,494

3.1

Physicians and Dentists

72,967

26.0

356

75.0

Medical & Dental Residents

78,721

28.0

421

88.1

Registered Nurses

988,760

351.3

2,096

439.0

Surgical Operations

27,590,329

98.0

59,003

123.6

Outpatient Visits (emergency)

110,011,801

390.9

191,897

401.9

Outpatient Visits (total)

557,336,352

1,980.4

1,009,175

2,113.7



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