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The general experience of Augusta is pleasant. It doesn't cost a lot to live here, but solid employment opportunities are a bit few and far between. Thus, the cost of living index is relatively high considering it is the capital. Winter is a love-hate relationship here. Augusta takes great care of its roads (as far as snow removal)... that is, once the snow has come to a complete stop. The later through winter, the less likely you are to see a plow truck. What is good about the place is it is a very small city, so it really has everything you need while not feeling overwhelming to those not used to large cities. In Maine, however, Portland is definitely the best city to live in.
Augusta often gets a bad reputation due to some of the more unsightly areas. Augusta offers a bounty of shopping and eating, both local and chain retailers and restaurants. In addition to that, Water Street, which could be like a Main Street, is becoming more lively. With the addition of new shops and studios, there are also apartment units being built. The outskirts of Augusta offer great neighborhoods and a lot of times, people don't even realize that they're there or even IN Augusta.
There needs to be better/more public transportation for the community to help with shopping, medical appointments, dentist, court, job interviews, to and from work for all of Augusta and surrounding communities. I think that this may help if it also serves outside of the city limits for people without licenses along major routes to have bus stops.