County info: Bibb County

May 5, 2013 

Bibb County

Bibb County, the 54th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1822. The county was named for Dr. William Wyatt Bibb, who lived in Elbert County and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was appointed governor of the territory of Alabama in 1816 and became the first elected governor of that state.

The county has two incorporated municipalities, Macon, which is the county seat, and Payne City, which is entirely surrounded by the larger city.

Macon was incorporated in 1823, named after Sen. Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina, the home state of most of the early white settlers in the area. Macon’s City Hall served as the temporary state capitol from November 1864 to 1865.

Macon is home to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Wesleyan College, founded in 1836 as the first college chartered to grant degrees to women.


Bibb County Courthouse, 601 Mulberry St., (478) 749-6400

Bibb County has five elected members of its policy-making Board of Commissioners, including a chairman and four commissioners. Bibb County Board of Commissioners, 601 Mulberry St., (478) 621-6400


City Hall, 700 Poplar St., (478) 751-7260

Macon’s elected officials include a mayor and 15 council members.

Voter registration

Board of Elections, 2445 Pio Nono Ave., (478) 621-6622

Driver’s licenses

Drivers License Bureau: 200 Cherry St., Terminal Station, Macon, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, (478) 751-6031

Auto tags

Bibb County Tag Department, Bibb County Courthouse, 601 Mulberry St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, (478) 621-6600

Emergency numbers

Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, 911 or (478) 746-9441

Macon Police Department, 911 or (478) 751-7500

Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, 911 or (478) 751-9180

Ambulance Service, 911 or (478) 741-4141


2010 Census: 155,547

Change, 2000 to 2010: 1.1 percent

White: 43.2 percent

Black: 52.1 percent

Hispanic: 2.8 percent


High school or better: 81.2 percent

Bachelor’s or better: 23.1 percent

Public high school graduates, 2011: 896

Graduation rate, 2011: 51.3 percent

Public school enrollment, October 2012: 24,508

Eligible for HOPE scholarship: 28.1 percent

Enrolled, white: 25.3 percent

Enrolled, black: 72.9 percent


Median household income, 2011: $35,125

People below poverty level: 23 percent

Unemployment rate, December 2012: 9.3

Civilian labor force, December 2012: 74,938


Births per 1,000 people, 2009: 15.7

Deaths per 1,000 people, 2009: 10.4

Births to unwed mothers, 2009: 64.3 percent

Teen pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 10 to 19: 40.1

People per physician, 2008: 249

Uninsured, less than age 65: 18.6 percent

TANF recipients, Fiscal 2010: 2 percent


Land: 255.4 square miles

Land in farms: 9 percent

Road mileage, unpaved, 2010: 4.7 percent

Sources: Telegraph analysis, Georgia Statistics System, U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Department of Education

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