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County Formed February 5, 1777
County Seat Augusta
Incorporated Cities Augusta, Blythe and Hephzibah
Total Area 328.833617 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 199545 to its current population estimate of 201368, the county has experienced a growth change of 1823.

Richmond County, in east central Georgia bordering the Savannah River and the South Carolina state line, was created in 1777 as one of Georgia's Original Counties.

The county was named for Charles Lenox, duke of Richmond, who was sympathetic to the cause of the American Revolution (1775-83).

Today, Richmond County contains three incorporated municipalities: Augusta (the second largest city in Georgia, with a population of 195,182 in 2000), Hephzibah (population 3,880), and Blythe (population 718).

In 1995, voters in Augusta and Richmond County agreed to consolidate the city and county governments. Augusta-Richmond County is the third consolidated government in the state.

The Augusta Canal, completed in 1846 and still in use, is a rare example of a canal built for industrial power supply purposes. The canal played a critical role in Augusta's growth.

Points of Interest

Augusta is Georgia's second oldest and second largest city and is the seat of Richmond County.

Fort Gordon, located southwest of Augusta, opened in December 1941, after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii during World War II. 

Richmond County's Modern courthouse, located in Augusta, was designed by Scroggs and Ewing, and Kuhlke and Wade, and built in 1956-57.

The Morris Museum of Art, located in Richmond County, has the largest collection of Southern Art in the world.

The Fort Gordon Military Reservation is located in Richmond County.

Notable Citizens

Jessye Norman, internationally known opera diva, was born and raised in Augusta. James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", was also raised in the city. Also, native Frank Yerby, acclaimed poet and author of A Woman Called Fancy , The Vixens and The Foxes of Harow was a notable resident of the county.

Higher Education

Medical College of Georgia, Paine College, Augusta Technical College and Augusta State University

Annual Events

The Masters Tournament has been held at the Augusta National Golf Club since 1934.

Augusta's annual Historic Cotton Ball provides an evening of historic fund to benefit Historic Augusta, INC.

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Cotton Exchange Welcome Center & Museum, Augusta

Old Medical College, Augusta

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