Columbia County is one of Georgia's fastest growing and most progressive counties. Created in 1790 from part of neighboring Richmond County, it became the 12th county in the state of Georgia.
The population grew rapidly from 9,525 in 1950 to more than 106,000 in 2006. This rapid growth has transformed the county from a rural neighbor of Augusta to a major suburban county in the 2nd 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 county government. Columbia County is predominantly residential and includes a highly-skilled workforce. Household income levels rank 3rd among Georgia's 159 counties.