Thrive Locally

Love living in Columbia County, GA

Columbia County is the Gateway to Great Living

Appling, Evans, Grovetown, Harlem, and Martinez. These are the communities that allow Columbia County residents to thrive. Columbia County is cultured, educated, and growing. We’re the 28th fastest growing county in the nation and have nine major hospitals that serve the Greater Augusta Region. With an abundance of resources and facilities, it’s no surprise the county is also listed as one of the healthiest and best places to live within the state.


Columbia County schools consistently rank in the top 10% of Georgia’s 164 school districts. 65% of County educators have advanced degrees, 100% are teaching in-field, and 99% are designated as “highly qualified.” There are also programs – like the Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Pathways Program – dedicated to students who plan to find work immediately after high school. The Columbia County Board of Education displays commitment to continued success by supporting innovation in education- Columbia County recently has the first middle school in the region to become STEM certified.

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Learn more about higher education and training opportunities.


91.8% of Columbia County residents have a high school diploma, and 35.3% have a bachelor’s degree (U.S. Census, 2016). Both are above the national average of 86.7% and 29.8%, respectively. 62.6% are active participants in the civilian labor force. Local higher education institutions are readily preparing students to enter the workforce within the Greater Augusta Region. The Development Authority of Columbia County works, not just to preserve these numbers, but to expand them. Use our Virtual Job Fair  for more information on open positions in Columbia County.


With world class golf, a historic canal, and the third largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi, Columbia County offers many outdoor amenities. So whether you’ve got 18 holes planned at the Bartram Trail Golf Course, practicing at the International Disc Golf Center, boating and tubing on Clarks Hill Lake, or sightseeing and kayaking atop the Savannah Rapids at the head gates of the Augusta Canal, Columbia County offers an array of arts, culture, and outdoor adventure perfect for a day of exploration and fun. Community events like farmers markets, outdoor concerts and festivals bring life to Evans Towne Center for families, millennials, and retirees alike.

Food and Retail

From a casual drink at a farm-to-table startup to fine dining in a cultured atmosphere, Columbia County has something to satisfy every palette.  Residents and visitors alike can sample the world – German, Indian, Greek, American, Turkish, and Thai-without ever having to leave Columbia County. Whether you are wishing for a sophisticated meal or some of the best barbecue around, Columbia County offers the widest variety of places to explore. In between satisfying your cravings, take a retail therapy break at any of the well-established shopping centers.