Houston County (pronounced House-ton), the 51st county formed in Georgia, was created in 1821. Originally part of the Creek nation’s land, the county was named for John Houstoun, a member of the Continental Congress and two-term governor of Georgia from 1778-1784.
The county has three municipalities: Centerville, Warner Robins and Perry, the county seat. Robins Air Force Base also is located in the county.
Both Warner Robins and Robins Air Force Base were named for Brig. Gen. Augustine Warner Robins.
Robins Air Force Base was built in 1941 for about $15 million. It covers 6,400 acres and is Georgia’s largest single employer, providing an important economic boost to Middle Georgia.
Perry is named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, the naval officer who said, “We have met the enemy and they are ours,” after a fleet under his command defeated the British at Lake Erie. Perry also is home to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
HOUSTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Houston County Annex, 200 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins
Houston County Board of Commissioners, 478-542-2115
Warner Robins City Hall, 700 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, 478-929-1111
Perry City Hall, 1211 Washington St., Perry, 478-988-2700
Centerville City Hall, 300 East Church St., Centerville, 478-953-4734
Houston County Board of Elections, 801 Main St., Room 237, Perry, 478-987-1973
Also Centerville and Perry city halls, Houston County Annex in Warner Robins and the Departments of Public Safety in Perry and Warner Robins.
Licenses can be obtained at bureaus at 198 Carl Vinson Parkway in Warner Robins, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 478-542-2110; and at 450 Larry Walker Parkway in Perry, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 478-988-6721
Houston County Tag Offices: 200 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 478-542-2110; 201 Perry Parkway, Perry, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 478-218-4940
Centerville Police Department, 911 or 478-953-4222; Fire Department, 911 or 478-953-4050
Perry Police Department, 911 or 478-988-2800; Fire Department, 911 or 478-988-2850
Warner Robins Police Department, 911 or 478-929-1170; Fire Department, 911 or 478-293-1020
2012 estimate: 146,316
Change, 2000 to 2010: 26.3 percent
White: 64.7 percent
Black: 29.4 percent
Hispanic: 6.3 percent
High school or better: 87.3 percent
Bachelor’s or better: 24.4 percent
Public high school graduates, 2011: 1,537
Graduation rate, 2011: 73.2 percent
Public school enrollment, October 2012: 27,610
Eligible for HOPE scholarship: 39.4 percent
Enrolled, white: 49 percent
Enrolled, black: 36.1 percent
Median household income, 2011: $51,851
People below poverty level: 14.6 percent
Unemployment rate, December 2013: 6.7
Civilian labor force, December 2013: 69,424
Births per 1,000 people, 2010: 14.8
Deaths per 1,000 people, 2010: 7
Births to unwed mothers, 2010: 41.8 percent
Teen pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 10 to 19: 25.5
People per physician, 2010: 717
Uninsured, less than age 65: 18 percent
TANF recipients, Fiscal 2010: 0.4 percent
Land: 379.9 square miles
Land in farms: 19.4 percent
Road mileage, unpaved, 2010: 5.5 percent
Sources: Telegraph analysis, Georgia Statistics System, U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Department of Education