Bonaire, Georgia

Coordinates: 32°32′37″N 83°35′45″W / 32.54361°N 83.59583°W / 32.54361; -83.59583
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Bonaire, Georgia
Bonaire is located in Georgia
Bonaire is located in the United States
Coordinates: 32°32′37″N 83°35′45″W / 32.54361°N 83.59583°W / 32.54361; -83.59583
CountryUnited States
Metropolitan Statistical AreaWarner Robins
348 ft (106 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code478

Bonaire is an unincorporated community in Houston County in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is 6 miles (10 km) south of the center of Warner Robins and is part of the Warner Robins Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bonaire is located on and around U.S. Route 129, which is connected to Interstate 75 by Georgia State Route 96, As of 2021, SR 96 bypass Bonaire. Bonaire is the hometown of former state Governor and 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.


The inhabitants of the area formed Bonaire around the newly laid Georgia Southern & Florida railway when it came through in 1888.[2][3] Newspaper records in 1888 uniformly spell it without the final "e", but in 1889 the modern spelling began to be used (perhaps because the post office was registered with that spelling on Dec 3, 1888[4]). The name is reputedly of French origin, meaning "good air".[5] The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Bonaire in 1912.[6] The town's charter was dissolved in 1995.[5] On April 5, 2022, the town was heavily damaged by a high-end EF3 tornado, which damaged or destroyed multiple homes and knocked down trees, power poles, and power lines. One person was injured.[7]



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  1. ^ "Bonaire ZIP Code". 2022. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "About Bonair". The Home Journal. August 23, 1888. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Oyster Supper at Bonair". The Home Journal. December 20, 1888. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832 - 1971, Vol. 42 (Decatur - Houston). United States Post Office Department. p. 520.
  5. ^ a b Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  6. ^ Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. Clark & Hines, State Printers. 1912. p. 633.
  7. ^ "NWS Damage Survey for April 5-6, 2022 Tornado Event Update #11". Iowa Environmental Mesonet. National Weather Service in Atlanta, Georgia. April 22, 2022. Retrieved April 23, 2022.