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Warner Robins, Georgia

Warner Robins is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia, located primarily in Houston County with a small portion in Peach County. The city has its own metropolitan statistical area (Warner Robins metropolitan area). As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 48,804. From 2000 to 2010, the Warner Robins city population growth percentage was 36.4% (or from 48,804 people to 66,588 people).

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History

The city was originally named York and, later, Wellston, which was little more than a train stop for local farmers.{Warner Robins Daily Sun 1987} During World War II, to gain a military base, the town agreed to change its name in honor of Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins.{Warner Robins Daily Sun 1987} The base was originally an Army Air Corps repair depot named Wellston Army Air Corps Air Depot. {Warner Robins Daily Sun 1987} When the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947, the base was named Robins Air Force Base; the logistics headquarters was originally named the Warner Robins Air Materiel Area (WRAMA){Warner Robins Daily Sun 1987} and today is called the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC). The base is the state's largest employer in one location; it has more than 25,000 personnel, mostly civil servants.[1]

Warner Robins survived a direct strike from an F4 tornado on April 30, 1953.[2]

It is nicknamed the "International City" as numerous residents come into the area from around the world because of nearby Robins Air Force Base.{Warner Robins Daily Sun 1987}

In fact, the International City Festival, dormant for several years, is returning as a major event in 2011.

Geography

Warner Robins is located at (32.608720, -83.638027).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which, is land and (0.39%) is water.

Demographics

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 . There were 29,084 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the city was 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 in which to raise a family.[3] The ranking was bestowed once again for 2010.[4] 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..

Museum of Aviation

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. It is also the largest tourist attraction outside of Atlanta in the state of Georgia.

Baseball and softball

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. Several other cities claim to be the birthplace of tee-ball. In 2006, a field was dedicated and named for Lewis, "The Father of Tee-Ball", at the Warner Robins American Little League complex.

Warner Robins Little League won the 2007 Little League World Series 3-2 against Tokyo, Japan.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

EDIMGIAFAD

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.[9] 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".[10]

Economy

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.

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.

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.

Popular culture

The bands Rehab, Stillwater, and Doc Holliday are based in Warner Robins.

Local media

Newspapers

  • The Telegraph (daily)
  • The Warner Robins Patriot (weekly)

Television stations

Radio stations

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

Notable residents

Education

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.

Colleges and universities

High schools

Tornado

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

References

External links

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