Warner Robins, Georgia

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Warner Robins, Georgia
City
Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB.
Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB.
Official seal of Warner Robins, Georgia
Seal
Motto: Georgia's International
Location in Houston County and the state of Georgia
Location in Houston County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°36′31″N 83°38′17″W / 32.60861°N 83.63806°W / 32.60861; -83.63806Coordinates: 32°36′31″N 83°38′17″W / 32.60861°N 83.63806°W / 32.60861; -83.63806
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Houston, Peach
Founded September 1, 1942
Government
 • Mayor Randy Toms
Area
 • City 35.4 sq mi (91.6 km2)
 • Land 35.1 sq mi (90.8 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)  0.8%
Elevation 365 ft (93 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 66,588
 • Density 2,143.9/sq mi (827.9/km2)
 • Metro 139,900
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-80508[1]
GNIS feature ID 0333366[2]
Website warner-robins.org

Warner Robins is a city in the US state of Georgia, located in Houston County. It is approximately ten miles south of Macon. This city has its own metropolitan statistical area (Warner Robins metropolitan area). As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 66,588. From 2000 to 2010, the Warner Robins city population growth percentage was 36.4% (or from 48,804 people to 66,588 people).

History[edit]

Warner Robins was founded in 1942. The community was named for Augustine Warner Robins of the United States Air Force. It was incorporated as a town in 1943 and as a city in 1956.[3]

Geography[edit]

Warner Robins is located at 32°36′31″N 83°38′17″W / 32.60861°N 83.63806°W / 32.60861; -83.63806 (32.608720, −83.638027)[4].

Warner Robins is approximately 100 miles south of Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.4 square miles (92 km2), of which, 35.1 square miles (91 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.82%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 7,986
1960 18,633 133.3%
1970 33,491 79.7%
1980 39,893 19.1%
1990 43,726 9.6%
2000 48,804 11.6%
2010 66,588 36.4%

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 66,588 people, 19,550 households, and 13,078 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,143.9 inhabitants per square mile (827.8 /km2) . There were 29,084 housing units at an average density of 952.7 per square mile (367.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city included 50.00% White, 36.60% African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.60% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, .10% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.60% of the population.

There were 19,550 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,401, and the median income for a family was $44,217. Males had a median income of $33,030 versus $24,855 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,121. About 11.0% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Quality of life[edit]

In 2009, Business Week magazine named Warner Robins the best place in Georgia in which to raise a family.[5] The ranking was bestowed once again for 2010.[6] The Warner Robins Area Chamber was named one of the top three chambers of commerce in the U.S. for a chamber in its division in 2009 by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association[citation needed]. In 2012, CNN Money named Warner Robins No. 7 on its Best Places To Live list for America's best small cities.[7]

Climate[edit]

Warner Robins has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa). It experiences hot, humid summers and generally mild winters, with average high temperatures ranging from 92.0 °F (33.3 °C) in the summer to 58.0 °F (14.4 °C) high during winter. Snowfall is an extremely rare event. Warner Robins-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Georgia state average. It is 86% greater than the overall U.S. average.[8]

Climate data for Warner Robins, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 84
(29)
85
(29)
90
(32)
96
(36)
99
(37)
106
(41)
108
(42)
105
(41)
102
(39)
100
(38)
88
(31)
82
(28)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 58
(14)
62
(17)
70
(21)
77
(25)
85
(29)
90
(32)
92
(33)
91
(33)
86
(30)
77
(25)
69
(21)
60
(16)
76.4
(24.7)
Average low °F (°C) 35
(2)
38
(3)
44
(7)
50
(10)
59
(15)
68
(20)
71
(22)
70
(21)
64
(18)
53
(12)
43
(6)
36
(2)
52.6
(11.5)
Record low °F (°C) −6
(−21)
9
(−13)
14
(−10)
28
(−2)
40
(4)
46
(8)
54
(12)
55
(13)
35
(2)
26
(−3)
10
(−12)
5
(−15)
−6
(−21)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.2
(107)
4.5
(114)
4.6
(117)
3.0
(76)
2.7
(69)
4.1
(104)
5.0
(127)
4.1
(104)
3.6
(91)
2.8
(71)
3.3
(84)
4.0
(102)
45.9
(1,166)
Source: City-data.com,[9] The Weather Channel (records only)[9]

Museum of Aviation[edit]

Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base

Warner Robins is home to the Museum of Aviation honoring the history of military aviation. It is located next to the air force base. The museum contains exhibits on military memorabilia, airplanes and ground vehicles, the Tuskegee Airmen and Operation Desert Storm. It is the second-largest aviation museum in the country.[citation needed] It is also the largest tourist attraction outside of Atlanta in the state of Georgia.

Baseball and softball[edit]

Warner Robins residents claim that in 1958, Claude Lewis, director of the Warner Robins Recreation Department, invented the game of tee-ball. The first game was played in March of that year with 20 children participating. Lewis wrote rules for the new game and sent rule books out to recreation departments all over the country.[citation needed] In 2006, a field was dedicated and named for Lewis, "The Father of Tee-Ball", at the Warner Robins American Little League complex.[citation needed]

Warner Robins Little League won the 2007 Little League World Series 3–2 against Tokyo, Japan.[10]

Southeast Region Headquarters of Little League

On December 9, 2008 the Little League International Board of Directors unanimously voted for Warner Robins to become the new Southeast Region Headquarters of Little League Baseball and Softball. Games began to be played in Warner Robins in 2010.[11]

The Warner Robins American Little League girls softball team won the 2009 Little League Softball World Series, by defeating Crawford, Texas, making Warner Robins the only Little League to have won both a baseball and a softball Little League title.[12]

The Warner Robins American Little League girls softball team defended their 2009 championship by defeating Burbank, California in the 2010 Little League Softball World Series. By doing so, Warner Robins became only the fourth Little League program to produce back-to-back championship teams and the first since Waco, Texas in 2003–2004.[13]

EDIMGIAFAD[edit]

Patriotic mural on building in Commercial Circle

The official motto of Warner Robins is EDIMGIAFAD, which is an acronym for "Every Day In Middle Georgia Is Armed Forces Appreciation Day". (Originally: Every Day In Middle Georgia Is Air Force Appreciation Day). The coining of this phrase is attributed to Dr. Dan Callahan, a local civic leader.[14] In 2010, Dr. Callahan and a group of community leaders launched an effort to change the acronym to "EDIUSAIAFAD", as part of a movement to take the sentiment national: "Every Day in the USA is Armed Forces Appreciation Day".[15]

Economy[edit]

Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins

Robins Air Force Base is one of the largest employers in the state of Georgia and directly contributes over 25,000 military, civil service, and contractor jobs to the local economy.[16] It has provided economic stability for Warner Robins that has benefited the entire Middle Georgia community.

The city of Warner Robins is working on redeveloping and renewing areas that have suffered from urban decay and/or abandonment through neglect and city growth. The city's plans include development of a centralized downtown area to include shopping, entertainment and restaurants. They want to increase amenities and attract more commercial business to the area.[citation needed]

In May 2009 Warner Robins was listed by the Adversity Index as one of four Georgia metro areas that have had less than nine months of recession over the past fifteen years and have only recently been affected by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008–2009.[citation needed]

In June 2011, Warner Robins was listed in Wired Magazine as one of 12 small cities that are driving the "Knowledge Economy". Georgia was the only Southeastern state listed and Warner Robins was one of two Georgia cities ranked (the other one being Hinesville-Ft. Stewart). The rankings featured small cities that are luring knowledge workers and entrepreneurs and who have both a relatively high median family income and a relatively high percentage of creative workers who drive the economy.

Houston Medical Center[edit]

Houston Medical Center on Watson Boulevard

Houston County Hospital was dedicated on July 2, 1960 with 50 beds. The hospital was renamed Houston Medical Center in 1986 after renovations. The patient rooms were converted at this time from semi-private to private with 186 beds available.

A new five-story northwest addition was completed in 2009 making a total of 237 beds.

Houston Medical Center is part of the Houston Healthcare system, which serves over 300,000 people annually.[17]

Football[edit]

High school football has long been a storied and celebrated pastime in Warner Robins with the city laying claim to state championships, national championships, college stars and NFL players.

The annual Northside vs Warner Robins game draws an estimated 21,000 fans and was named the #3 rivalry in the country by USA Today in 2006.

Warner Robins High School won two National Championships in 1976 and 1981. They have also won four State Championships in 1976, 1981, 1988 and 2004.

Northside High School was crowned State Champion in 2006 and 2007

Warner Robins Little Theatre[edit]

Warner Robins Little Theatre playhouse

The Warner Robins Little Theatre was established in 1962 as a non-profit community theatre. Just thirty years later, this organization owned their theatre playhouse debt-free.

The theatre continues to thrive. There are five main shows produced every year. Occasionally there are workshops and other special events held for the Middle Georgia community.[18]

Popular culture[edit]

The bands Rehab, Stillwater, Doc Holliday Sugar Creek and Luke's Cabbage Store are based in Warner Robins.

Local media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

  • The Telegraph (daily)
  • The Sun (weekly)
  • Houston Home Journal (twice weekly) - the legal organ for Houston County

Television stations[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

  • WRWR (1350 AM), News/Talk and high school sports
  • WYPZ (107.5 FM), News/Talk and high school sports
  • WNNG-FM (99.9 FM), ESPN and local high school sports

Notable people[edit]

Education[edit]

Warner Robins campus of Central Georgia Technical College
Middle Georgia State College in Warner Robins

The portion of Warner Robins in Houston County is served by the Houston County School System. The portion of the city in Peach County is served by Peach County School District.[citation needed]

Branch campuses of colleges and universities[edit]

High schools[edit]

Tornado[edit]

On April 30, 1953 a F4 tornado with winds over 200 mph hit the city and portions of Robins Air Force Base and killed 18 people and injured 300 more.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 251. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Gopal, Prashant (November 10, 2008). "Business Week Rankings – Top Cities To Raise A Family". Business Week. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010". Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ Clark, Anita (September 1, 2012). "CNN Money Best Places to Live – Money's list of America's best small cities". CNN Money. Cable News Network. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.city-data.com/city/Warner-Robins-Georgia.html. Retrieved on 2012-07-18.
  9. ^ a b "Average Weather for Warner Robins, GA". The Weather Channel, LLC weather.com. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Georgia crowned LLWS champs behind Carriker's 8th-inning jack", ESPN (The Associated Press), August 26, 2007, retrieved December 4, 2009 
  11. ^ "Warner Robins, Ga., Selected as Site of New Little League Southeast Region Headquarters". Little League Online. Little League. December 9, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Warner Robins team routs Crawford". ESPN. August 25, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Warner Robins American Little League Repeats as Little League Softball World Series Champions". Little League Online. August 18, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2010.  Warner Robins American Little League made it back to the Little League Baseball World Series in 2011, going 1–2. The team, led by "Man Child" Jake Fromm, was coached by Buddy Deal, Shane Williams, and Managed by Phillip Johnson.
  14. ^ Lynch-Jones, Lorra; Karen Buckindail. "EDIMGIAFAD to Go for National Spotlight". 13WMAZ.com. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  15. ^ Crenshaw, Wayne. "EDIUSAIAFAD: Local motto starts gaining notice nationally". Inside Robins AFB. Robbins Air Force Base. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Robins Air Force Base, Georgia", Retrieved on 05 July 2014.
  17. ^ "History Of Houston Healthcare". 
  18. ^ "About WRLT"
  19. ^ "Eddie Lee Anderson, Jr.". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Russell Branyan Stats". Baseball Almaac. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "James Robert Brooks". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Ben Smith". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 

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