Columbia County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States according to the Census Bureau and is considered one of the great places to live in Georgia.
Columbia County grew from 9,525 residents in 1950 to 124,053 in 2010. Latest Census estimates indicate the county has grown 21 percent since 2010 with an estimated population of 154,642 in July 2019, making it one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S.
Rapid growth has transformed the county from a rural neighbor of Augusta to the major suburban county in the second largest metropolitan area in Georgia. There are many reasons for the rapid growth - a growing and diversified job market, a premier school system, affordable land, open spaces lending an air of the countryside, and a stable, conservative county government. Columbia County is predominantly residential and includes a highly-skilled workforce. Household income levels rank third among Georgia's 159 counties and is the wealthiest county in Georgia outside the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Columbia County is considered one of the best places to live in Augusta area with luxury apartment complexes, affordable homes and gated communities with estate level properties offering something for everyone. There are found golf course communities in the county.
Columbia County has become a center for medical excellence over the past several years with branch facilities for the major hospitals in Augusa including University Health Care System, Trinity Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Augusta University Health System.
The average temperature in Columbia County is 64 degrees. Relative humidity is moderate and cold weather is limited to a few cold snaps between late November and mid-March.