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View Poll Results: Which City is best to live in?
Augusta 9 32.14%
Savannah 19 67.86%
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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I am considering moving from Chicago to Augusta or Savannah. I would like to know which city would be a better place to live in size, population, retail stores, new development, housing,schools, entertainment, dining,....etc. I would also like to know which city is growing the most because I don't want to live in a city that isn't growing. I love to shop and my husband loves to hunt, so i asked a friend about the shopping in both cities and found that a cabela's,bass pro shops,H&M,Apple, Costco, Earth Fare, Jared Galleria, Pandora, Sephora, and other national retailers had or were building stores in augusta...while i was told Savannah had none of these. I was also told that Savannah has two malls,but augusta mall was more upscale and had more to offer than both. Is this true? Which city is safer and feels more like a large city? Which city has more going for it overall? Thanks in advance for answering.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Columbus,Georgia
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Two malls compared to one? Savannah still have more shopping options.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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The Augusta Mall is "upscale" with a Goodyear Auto Service Center, a Foot Locker, and a Chick-Fil-A. LOL

I would say the two are pretty even, Savannah being more 'historic' and Augusta might be slightly more modern. Cost of living probably lot higher in Savannah though.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:43 PM
 
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@nature's message. It does sound like it. I guess for some, a city is best when it looks "larger" (more vehicular traffic and highway interchanges) or has lots of national "redneck retailers" (beer and ale joints, chicken wings by the bucket, and casual ware).

The three Georgia fall-line cities -- Columbus, Macon, Augusta -- are very much alike. Savannah is a totally different kind of city. If some thug took you blindfolded to Columbus, Macon, or Augusta, then tore off your blindfolds and screamed: "Open your eyes, fool! Where are you?," you wouldn't have a clue which of those three you were in. Not unless you saw a newspaper box ("Augusta Chronicle--Take One") or read some billboard ("Macon's Best Catfish Is HERE!" or "Miss Columbus Pageant, June 16-20"). Savannah you'd know immediately. It's in its own category; Georgia's 3 fall-line cities are in another category. Just as in South Carolina: Charleston is in a unique category among the larger SC metros. And much like Charleston, Savannah is not out to impress you because it doesn't have to. You'll be impressed.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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@nature's message. It does sound like it. I guess for some, a city is best when it looks "larger" (more vehicular traffic and highway interchanges) or has lots of national "redneck retailers" (beer and ale joints, chicken wings by the bucket, and casual ware).

The three Georgia fall-line cities -- Columbus, Macon, Augusta -- are very much alike. Savannah is a totally different kind of city. If some thug took you blindfolded to Columbus, Macon, or Augusta, then tore off your blindfolds and screamed: "Open your eyes, fool! Where are you?," you wouldn't have a clue which of those three you were in. Not unless you saw a newspaper box ("Augusta Chronicle--Take One") or read some billboard ("Macon's Best Catfish Is HERE!" or "Miss Columbus Pageant, June 16-20"). Savannah you'd know immediately. It's in its own category; Georgia's 3 fall-line cities are in another category. Just as in South Carolina: Charleston is in a unique category among the larger SC metros. And much like Charleston, Savannah is not out to impress you because it doesn't have to. You'll be impressed anyway.
I don't agree with you regarding SC cities, I think Columbia and Greenville are equal to Charleston. Charleston is near the coast and has some history and a cool bridge over the harbor but it isn't more "impressive" than the other two main cities.

I think your point holds on the Georgia cities.

I can see Augusta being more middle class than Savannah, which is probably more rich people and more poor people but is only an impression. I don't ever see many jobs in Savannah.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:00 PM
 
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@nature's message. It does sound like it. I guess for some, a city is best when it looks "larger" (more vehicular traffic and highway interchanges) or has lots of national "redneck retailers" (beer and ale joints, chicken wings by the bucket, and casual ware).

The three Georgia fall-line cities -- Columbus, Macon, Augusta -- are very much alike. Savannah is a totally different kind of city. If some thug took you blindfolded to Columbus, Macon, or Augusta, then tore off your blindfolds and screamed: "Open your eyes, fool! Where are you?," you wouldn't have a clue which of those three you were in. Not unless you saw a newspaper box ("Augusta Chronicle--Take One") or read some billboard ("Macon's Best Catfish Is HERE!" or "Miss Columbus Pageant, June 16-20"). Savannah you'd know immediately. It's in its own category; Georgia's 3 fall-line cities are in another category. Just as in South Carolina: Charleston is in a unique category among the larger SC metros. And much like Charleston, Savannah is not out to impress you because it doesn't have to. You'll be impressed.
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If some thug took you blindfolded to Columbus, Macon, or Augusta, then tore off your blindfolds and screamed: "Open your eyes, fool! Where are you?," you wouldn't have a clue which of those three you were in.
That's anywhere!


While Columbus, Macon, and Augusta are similar,you can still tell them apart from their infrastructure.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: I-20 from Atlanta to Augusta
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Very true statements from all, but what really separates the fall line cities and Savannah has more to do with the individual X factors, for Columbus you have the presence of Fort Benning and a pretty large corporate base, for Augusta it's Fort Gordon, GRU and the Masters, for Macon it's all about location and proximity to Atlanta which is the same for Athens and UGA. Savannah truly is unique in respects to Georgia, the city however matches up better with cities such as Charleston and New Orleans rather Augusta, Columbus or Macon. How our economy shifts in the next few years will determine which 2nd tier city will truly stand out.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Most people will never even drive by Macon or Columbus, just not on the way anywhere, especially Columbus. I would put Augusta ahead of those two, just not as isolated and more people are aware of it with the Masters than the other two.

Coastal cities are always going to get more tourists, and Savannah has been featured in dozens of movies so it has a certain mystique to it that the others could never have.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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Its apples and oranges. Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans are more comparable, Southern coastal tourist cities. Augusta should be compared to Columbia, Greenville, Columbus, Montgomery or Chat-Town. Augusta has a larger GDP by a wide margin versus the rest of the second tier cities in GA but Savannah by all accounts is on the upswing in regards to it's economy.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:50 PM
 
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I don't agree with you regarding SC cities, I think Columbia and Greenville are equal to Charleston. Charleston is near the coast and has some history and a cool bridge over the harbor but it isn't more "impressive" than the other two main cities.
I see where he's coming from with regard to Charleston being unique among SC's cities. Columbia and Greenville are in the same category with respect to size, but Charleston is definitely the most renowned, visited, historic, touristy, etc. among them all and I'd say most visitors would definitely find Charleston the most impressive among the three.
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