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Visitors watch the fireworks display during the Party on the Green event at Wesleyan College during a previous Cherry Blossom Festival.
Visitors watch the fireworks display during the Party on the Green event at Wesleyan College during a previous Cherry Blossom Festival. jvorhees@macon.com

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.

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.

Voters in Macon and Bibb County voted in July 2012 to consolidate the two governments. The merger became effective in January 2014.

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.

MACON-BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Macon-Bibb County Government Center, 700 Poplar St., 478-751-7400.

The Macon-Bibb County government’s elected officials include a mayor and nine county commissioners.

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. Tuesday-Saturday, 478-751-6031

Auto tags

Bibb County Tax Commissioner, Bibb County Courthouse, 601 Mulberry St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 478-621-6600; tag office at farmers market, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Building C, 478-621-6820

Emergency numbers

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

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

Ambulance Service, 911 or 478-741-4141

Libraries

Washington Memorial Library: 1180 Washington Ave., Macon, 478-744-0800

Riverside Branch: Rivergate Shopping Center, 110 Holiday Drive N., Macon, 478-757-8900

Charles A. Lanford Branch: 6504 Houston Road, Macon, 478-621-6970

Shurling Branch: Shurlington Plaza, 1769 Shurling Drive, Macon, 478-744-0875

West Bibb Branch: Northwest Commons, 5580 Thomaston Road, Macon, 478-744-0818

POPULATION

2014 estimate: 153,905

Change, 2010 to 2014: -1.0 percent

White: 43.1 percent

Black: 53.4 percent

Hispanic: 3.2 percent

EDUCATION

High school or better: 82.4 percent

Bachelor’s or better: 22.5 percent

Public high school graduates, 2014: 1,022

Graduation rate, 2014: 58.9 percent

Public school enrollment, October 2014: 24,354

Eligible for HOPE scholarship, 2013-2014: 34.8 percent

Enrolled, white: 18.7 percent

Enrolled, black: 73.2 percent

ECONOMICS

Median household income, 2009-2013: $37,550

People below poverty level: 29.2 percent

Unemployment rate, May 2015: 6.9

Civilian labor force, May 2015: 68,357

HEALTH

Births per 1,000 people, 2012: 14.3

Deaths per 1,000 people, 2012: 10.57

Births to unwed mothers, 2012: 64.5 percent

Teen pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 10 to 19: 31.1

People per physician, 2010: 249

Uninsured, less than age 65, 2012: 19.6 percent

TANF recipients, Fiscal 2013: 0.7 percent

PHYSICAL

Land: 254.9 square miles

Land in farms: 9.2 percent

Road mileage, unpaved, 2013: 4.9 percent

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

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