However, Deke Copenhaver applauded Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson for demanding The Beast remove the rankings from its Web site. But Friday, they were still there, with Augusta boasting 9.6 percent unemployment, median household income of $44,447 and average personal debt of $26,204.
Columbus’ No. 1 ranking featured a photo of a rundown nightclub, while Augusta’s No. 10 showed a green at Augusta National Golf Club.
“I applaud Teresa for being a voice for other Georgia cities,” Copenhaver told Columbus Ledger-Enquirer columnist Richard Hyatt. “Those rankings can damage a city’s reputation.”
Copenhaver is typically first to draw attention to metro Augusta’s appearance at the top of online rankings, down to a recent No. 1 suburb ranking of the Columbia County area of Martinez.
“Eventually, the negative and positive surveys balance each other out,” he noted.