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Augusta is a city in the state of Georgia with a population of 189,366. The area that comprises the city limits of Augusta (identified during the 2000 census as Úquot;the Augusta-Richmond County balanceÚquot;) includes almost all of Richmond County. The city is arguably most famous for hosting the first major golf tournament of each year, The Masters, the most prestigious event of the PGA Tour.
The city was named in honor of Augusta, Princess of Wales, daughter-in-law of King George II of Great Britain and mother of King George III of Great Britain. Augusta is located on the Georgia/South Carolina border, about 150 miles east of Atlanta. It is the second largest city and second largest metropolitan area in the state.
Augusta's official nickname is The Garden City. It is also known as Masters City, since it plays host to the Masters golf tournament.
Augusta is the birthplace of the Southern Baptist denomination, and the location of Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest autonomous African-American Baptist church in the nation. Morehouse College was founded in the basement of the church.
Augusta has a humid subtropical climate. The city experiences mild winters and a humid summer. The average high temperature for the summer months is 90 degrees F, the average low temperature is 67 degrees F. The average high temperature for the winter months is 58 degrees F, the average low temperature is 34 degrees F.
Augusta was first used by Native Americans as a place to cross the Savannah River, because of Augusta's location on the fall line.
E-Z-GO and Club Car, the two largest golf car manufacturers in the world, are centered in Augusta, and the Norfolk Southern and CSX run through the middle of downtown Augusta. The city is also home to the Georgia Bank & Trust and CareSouth.
Famous people from Augusta, Georgia include actor Laurence Fishburne, singer Amy Grant, artist Jasper Johns, golfer Larry Mize, wrestler Hulk Hogan, and former president Woodrow Wilson.
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