Central Savannah River Area
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The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) includes 13-counties region1 in the U.S. state of Georgia and five counties1 in South Carolina. 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 acronym 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.
As of the 2010 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, the CSRA had a total population of 709,433, and the six-county Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area (at the center of the CSRA) had a population of 543,738.,2 making it the second largest in the State of Georgia.
- CSRA Regional Commission (only encompassing the 13 Georgia counties)
- CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. (only encompassing the 13 Georgia counties)
- Savannah River Site: CSRA Regional Science and Engineering Fair Regional science fair competition for science projects winning first-place at their respective schools (Grades 4-12)
- Columbia County outpaces state population gains