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Warner Robins, Georgia
City
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
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Houston, Peach
Founded September 1, 1942
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
GNIS feature ID 0333366
Website wrga.gov

Warner Robins is a city in the US state of Georgia, located in Houston County. 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% (from 48,804 people to 66,588). Warner Robins is a part of the larger Macon-Warner Robins Combined Statistical Area, with a population of 417,473.

History

Warner Robins was founded in 1942 from the community of Wellston. It was named for General Augustine Warner Robins of the United States Air Force. It was incorporated as a town in 1943 and as a city in 1956.

The 1940 census shows that the community of Wellston was sparsely populated and inhabited primarily by farmers and their families. Its most notable landmark was a stop on the railroad line. Wellston also had a small sawmill and a grocery store. Peach orchards covered parts of the surrounding land.

World War II soon changed this. The War Department made plans to build an air depot in the Southeast. With the assistance of influential U.S. Congressman Carl Vinson, Wellston community leader Charles Bostic "Boss" Watson worked with officials in Macon to make a bid to locate this air depot in Houston County. In June 1941, the U.S. government accepted this offer, which included 3,108 acres of land.

This air base was initially called Wellston Army Air Depot when it opened in 1942. The first commander was Colonel Charles E. Thomas. He wanted to name this depot in honor of his mentor Augustine Warner Robins, who was called by his middle name, Warner. Regulations prevented him from doing this, which required the base to be named after the nearest town. Not deterred by this, Colonel Thomas persuaded Boss Watson and the other community leaders to rename Wellston. So on September 1, 1942, the town was given the new name of Warner Robins. Soon thereafter, on October 14, 1942, the base was renamed to become Warner Robins Army Air Depot. The city has a unique name, shared with no other town in America.

Robins Air Force Base is not within the actual city limits of the town. Only U.S. Highway 129 (Georgia state highway 247) separates the base from the city.

Geography

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). It 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

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%
Est. 2015 73,490 10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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

In 2009, Business Week magazine named Warner Robins the best place in Georgia to raise a family. The ranking was bestowed again for 2010. 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. In 2012, CNN Money named Warner Robins No. 7 on its Best Places To Live list for America's best small cities.

Climate

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 a moderately rare event. Warner Robins-area historical tornado activity is slightly above the state average. It is 86% greater than the overall U.S. average.

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
(28.9)
85
(29.4)
90
(32.2)
96
(35.6)
99
(37.2)
106
(41.1)
108
(42.2)
105
(40.6)
102
(38.9)
100
(37.8)
88
(31.1)
82
(27.8)
108
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 58
(14.4)
62
(16.7)
70
(21.1)
77
(25)
85
(29.4)
90
(32.2)
92
(33.3)
91
(32.8)
86
(30)
77
(25)
69
(20.6)
60
(15.6)
76.4
(24.68)
Average low °F (°C) 35
(1.7)
38
(3.3)
44
(6.7)
50
(10)
59
(15)
68
(20)
71
(21.7)
70
(21.1)
64
(17.8)
53
(11.7)
43
(6.1)
36
(2.2)
52.6
(11.44)
Record low °F (°C) -6
(-21.1)
9
(-12.8)
14
(-10)
28
(-2.2)
40
(4.4)
46
(7.8)
54
(12.2)
55
(12.8)
35
(1.7)
26
(-3.3)
10
(-12.2)
5
(-15)
-6
(-17.8)
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, the Weather Channel (records only)

Museum of Aviation

Museum of Aviation RAFB
Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base

Warner Robins is home to the Museum of Aviation, which honors 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. It is also the largest tourist attraction outside Atlanta in the state of Georgia.

EDIMGIAFAD

Mural in Warner Robins
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. 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".

Warner Robins Little Theatre

Warner Robins Little Theatre
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. Five main shows are produced every year. Occasionally workshops and other special events are held for the Middle Georgia community.

Popular culture

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

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Tornadoes

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

On the morning of April 1, 2016, a EF-1 tornado with winds over 90 mph hit the city. The damage included trees down, and trees landing inside homes. A viral video from Robins Air Force Base, which was hit by the tornado with moderate damage, showed the winds of the tornado with the siren going off in the background. The storm started in Taylor and Crawford County, which confirmed it as an EF-0 tornado that hit both counties. The system moved towards Houston County. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

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