Introduction to Perry, Georgia

Perry, Georgia is 27 miles S of Macon, Georgia and 97 miles SE of Atlanta, Georgia. It is in Houston County. The city is part of the Macon metro area. The population of Perry is 9,602.

Perry History

The city of Perry was founded in 1823 as Wattsville. The city's name was changed to Perry in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a hero in the War of 1812. Perry was incorporated as a town in December of 1824. The city is best known as the venue where the Georgia Annual Fair is held.

Perry and nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Aviation
  • Andersonville National Historic Site.
  • Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park
  • Cannonball House and Museum

Things To Do In Perry

Local museums include the Museum of Aviation, the National Prisoner of War Museum and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. The Georgia Veteran's Memorial State Park has opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming, along with an 18-hole golf course. Local festivals include the Georgia National Fair, Mossy Creek Spring Barnyard Festival and the Mossy Creek Fall Barnyard Festival.

Perry, Transportation

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International is the nearest major airport.

Perry Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the Fort Valley State University, Mercer University, Macon State College, Central Georgia Technical College, Wesleyan College and Middle Georgia College.


Total Population 14,991
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,953
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,500
% Above Poverty Level 77.8%
% Below Poverty Level 22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $751
Median House Value $131,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.6%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 7.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Perry Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles S of Macon, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles SE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Houston
Metro Area Macon
Standard Zip Codes 31069
Phone Area Codes 478
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.458
Longitude -83.731

Perry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 33 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Byron 4,818 $58,438
Centerville 7,519 $64,338
Fort Valley 9,192 $27,163
Marshallville 1,359 $43,409
Unadilla 3,699 $33,402
Warner Robins 72,520 $51,433

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Perry Public Libraries

Houston County Public Library
Perry, Georgia
(478) 987-3050

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Perry Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(478) 988-1627
Emergency Service: Yes

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Perry High Schools

Serves 972 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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