Warner Robins, Georgia
Warner Robins City Hall
Warner Robins City Hall
Flag of Warner Robins, Georgia
Official seal of Warner Robins, Georgia
The International City
Every Day In Middle Georgia Is Air Force Appreciation Day (EDIMGIAFAD)
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; -83.63806
CountryUnited States
CountiesHouston, Peach
FoundedSeptember 1, 1942
 • MayorLaRhonda Patrick
 • City38.10 sq mi (98.68 km2)
 • Land37.78 sq mi (97.85 km2)
 • Water0.32 sq mi (0.83 km2)  0.8%
365 ft (93 m)
 • City80,308
 • Density2,100/sq mi (810/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
31088, 31093, 31095, 31098, 31099
Area code478
FIPS code13-80508[3]
GNIS feature ID0333366[4]

Warner Robins (typically /ˈwɑːrnɜːr ˈrɑːbənz/ wore-nur-RAH-bins) is a city in Houston and Peach counties in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is currently the state's eleventh-largest incorporated city, with a population of 80,308 in the 2020 census.[2]

The city is the main component of the Warner Robins metropolitan statistical area, including the entirety of Houston, Peach, and Pulaski counties, which had a census population of 201,469 in 2020; it, in turn, is a component of a larger trade area, the Macon–Warner Robins–Fort Valley combined statistical area, with an estimated 2018 population of 423,572. Robins Air Force Base, a major U.S. Air Force maintenance and logistics complex that was founded as the Warner Robins Air Depot in 1942, is located just east of the city limits; the base's expansion and the suburbanization of nearby Macon have led to the city's rapid growth in the post-World War II era.


Warner Robins was founded in 1942 when the small farming community of Wellston was renamed for General Augustine Warner Robins (1882-1940) of the United States Army Air Corps, which later became the United States Air Force.[5] It was incorporated as a town in 1943 and as a city in 1956.[6]

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.

This changed during World War II. The War Department made plans to build an air depot in the Southeast. With the assistance of influential U.S. Representative 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 (12.58 km2) of land.[7]

This air force 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 the town of Wellston. So on September 1, 1942, the town was given the new name of Warner Robins.[8] 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 the United States.

Robins Air Force Base is not within the city limits of the town but is across U.S. Highway 129 (Georgia State Highway 247), which serves as a boundary between the base and the city.

In 2018, First Solar announced a project for a 200-megawatt, 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) solar panel facility in Twiggs County east of Warner Robins. The facility would be the largest solar facility in the southeast.[9]


Tornadoes have continually plagued the city since its inception with the 1950s seeing at least four catastrophic tornadoes strike the area. The first one occurred on April 30, 1953, when an F4 tornado with winds of over 200 mph hit the city and portions of Robins Air Force Base, killing 18 people and injuring 300 more.[10][11] That same day, a second tornado that was rated F2 damaged the northwest side of town.[12] Just ten months later on March 13, 1954, a long-tracked F1 tornado struck the town, killing one and injuring five.[13] Three years later, on April 5, 1957, a long-tracked F2 tornado family hit the northwest side of the city, causing considerable damage.[14] To date, at least nine tornadoes have hit the town and the surrounding area.[15]


Warner Robins is located at 32°36′31″N 83°38′17″W / 32.60861°N 83.63806°W / 32.60861; -83.63806 (32.608720ºN, −83.638027ºE).[16] It is approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Macon and 100 miles (160 km) 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.


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.[17]

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
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 58
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 35
Record low °F (°C) −6
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.2
Source: City-data.com,[18] the Weather Channel (records only)[18]


Historical population
2022 (est.)82,1752.3%
1950–2019 U.S. Decennial Census[20][failed verification] 2020[2]
Warner Robins racial composition as of 2020[2]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 33,491 41.7%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 32,936 41.01%
Native American 160 0.2%
Asian 2,949 3.67%
Pacific Islander 54 0.07%
Other/Mixed 4,211 5.24%
Hispanic or Latino 6,507 8.1%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 80,308 people, 29,742 households, and 19,256 families residing in the city.

Quality of life

In 2009, Business Week magazine named Warner Robins the best place in Georgia to raise a family.[21] The ranking was bestowed again for 2010.[22] 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.[23]


Main article: List of mayors of Warner Robins, Georgia

Warner Robins is governed by a mayor and a six-member city council, four of whom are elected by district and two of whom are elected at-large. LaRhonda Patrick has been serving as mayor since 2022, after defeating incumbent mayor Randy Toms in a November 2021 runoff election. She is the first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor of Warner Robins.[24]

Since 2013, most of the city is within the 147th district of the Georgia House of Representatives, currently represented by Republican member Bethany Ballard.


Major roads

Warner Robins is generally located between U.S. Highway 129/Georgia State Route 247 and Interstate 75 about 6 miles (10 km) to the west; Georgia State Route 96 passes through the southern edge of the city. U.S. Highway 129 leads north 19 mi (31 km) to downtown Macon and south 28 mi (45 km) to Hawkinsville. GA-247 follows U.S. Highway 129 throughout the city, and leads north to Macon and south to Hawkinsville. GA-96 leads east-northeast 27 mi (43 km) to Jeffersonville and west 20 mi (32 km) to Fort Valley.

Pedestrians and cycling

Arts and recreation

Museum of Aviation

Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base

Warner Robins is home to the Museum of Aviation, which honors the history of military aviation. 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 museum sponsored by the United States Air Force and the fourth-most visited museum in the Department of Defense.[26] It is also the largest tourist attraction outside Atlanta in the state of Georgia.

Baseball and softball

According to Warner Robins residents 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 Kitasuna Little League of Tokyo, Japan.[27]

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.[28]

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 title.[29]

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, which had won in 2003–2004.[30]


View of Robins Air Force Base from 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.[31] 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 center "for pedestrian-oriented businesses, culture and community gathering" to be re-established at Commercial Circle in order to "connect commerce and culture back to Downtown."[citation needed][32]

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".[33] 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 which have both a relatively high median family income and a relatively high percentage of creative workers who drive the economy.

Houston Medical Center

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. The addition of a new five-story northwest tower 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.[34]

Warner Robins Little Theatre

Warner Robins Little Theatre playhouse

The Warner Robins Little Theatre was established in 1962 as a non-profit community theatre. This organization now owns 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.[35]

Popular culture

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


Local media


Television stations

Warner Robins is part of the Macon DMA, which is the nation's 120th largest television market. See the box below for local television stations:

Radio stations

Warner Robins is part of the Macon Arbitron Metro, which is the nation's 130th largest radio market with a person 12+ population of 372,400. See the box below for the local radio stations:


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

High schools


Nola Brantley Memorial Library

The library is the Nola Brantley Memorial Library.[36]

Notable people

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