Central Savannah River Area

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Central Savannah River Area
Downtown Augusta on Broad Street The Aiken County Courthouse in Downtown Aiken
Map outlining the Central Savannah River Area
Map outlining the Central Savannah River Area
Country United States
StateGeorgia (U.S. state) Georgia South Carolina South Carolina
Largest cityAugusta
 • Total9,605 sq mi (24,880 km2)
 • Land9,400 sq mi (24,000 km2)
 • Water205 sq mi (530 km2)  2.1%
 • Total768,402
 • Density79/sq mi (31/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)478, 706, 762, 803, 864,

The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) is a trading and marketing region in the U.S. states of Georgia and South Carolina, spanning thirteen counties in Georgia and eight in South Carolina.[1][1] The term was coined in 1950 by C.C. McCollum, the winner of a $250 contest held by The Augusta Chronicle to generate the best name for the area.[1] Today the initialism is so commonly used that the full name is not known to all residents.[1] The region is located on and named after the Savannah River, which forms the border between the two states. The largest cities within the CSRA are Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina. (The CSRA does not include the city of Savannah, Georgia or any portion of the Savannah metropolitan area.)

The total population of the CSRA is 768,402 in 2010. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the seven-county Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area (at the center of the CSRA) had an estimated population of 580,270 in 2013,[2] making it the second most populous in the state of Georgia.


In Georgia[edit]

County Total Area Population (2015)
Richmond County 329 sq mi (850 km2) 202,003
Columbia County 308 sq mi (800 km2) 139,257
Burke County 835 sq mi (2,160 km2) 23,316
McDuffie County 266 sq mi (690 km2) 21,875
Washington County 684 sq mi (1,770 km2) 20,635
Jefferson County 530 sq mi (1,400 km2) 16,930
Screven County 656 sq mi (1,700 km2) 14,593
Wilkes County 474 sq mi (1,230 km2) 10,593
Jenkins County 352 sq mi (910 km2) 9,125
Hancock County 479 sq mi (1,240 km2) 8,551
Lincoln County 257 sq mi (670 km2) 7,996
Warren County 287 sq mi (740 km2) 5,834
Glascock County 144 sq mi (370 km2) 3,082
Taliaferro County 195 sq mi (510 km2) 1,639
Total: 5,796 sq mi (15,010 km2) 485,429

In South Carolina[edit]

County Total Area Population (2014)
Aiken County 1,081 sq mi (2,800 km2) 164,753
Edgefield County 507 sq mi (1,310 km2) 26,985
Barnwell County 557 sq mi (1,440 km2) 22,621
Saluda County 462 sq mi (1,200 km2) 20,026
Bamberg County 396 sq mi (1,030 km2) 15,987
McCormick County 394 sq mi (1,020 km2) 10,233
Allendale County 412 sq mi (1,070 km2) 10,419
Total: 4,937 sq mi (12,790 km2) 271,024
Map of the Central Savannah River Area, with the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area highlighted in red.


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  1. ^ a b c d What does CSRA mean? 072307 - The Augusta Chronicle
  2. ^ "Columbia County outpaces state population gains".

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Coordinates: 33°30′54″N 82°12′58″W / 33.51500°N 82.21611°W / 33.51500; -82.21611