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Overview

Introduction to Macon, Georgia

Macon is located in Bibb County. The landscape consists of rolling hills in the north and flat plains in the southern section. The Ocmulgee River flows through Macon. The nearby Robins Air Force Base is a primary employer for the region. Wesleyan College is recognized as being one of the oldest colleges for women in the entire world. The town showcases numerous noteworthy historic landmarks and hosts the prominent Cherry Blossom Festival.

History

The Macon area was inhabited by the Creek Indians. Fort Benjamin Hawkins was established in 1806 by the request of President Thomas Jefferson. The fort was built to safeguard the new frontier and was utilized as a military distribution base for the War of 1812 and the Creek War of 1813. The new settlers changed the name of Fort Hawkins to Newton. Later, the city was renamed Macon in tribute to the statesman from North Carolina, Nathaniel Macon.

The original city planners laid out the city with spacious streets and parks. The prosperity of the town in the early days can be attributed to being a transportation center located along the Ocmulgee River. Cotton was a primary factor in the economy. In 1843 the arrival of the railroad brought prosperity to the town. During the Civil War, it was the location of a prominent arsenal for the Confederates.

Culture and Festivals

Macon residents have been influential in the music scene of the country. Musicians who were born or called Macon their hometown include the Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding, Randy Crawford, Lena Horne, Little Richard and numerous other musicians. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame is located in the city. At one time, it had more than 300,000 Yoshino Cherry trees. The residents sometimes call their town the "Cherry blossom capital of the world." The International Cherry Blossom Festival is a major event, featuring music, arts and crafts, parades, numerous markets and dancing. Other noteworthy festivals and events include the Pan-African Festival, Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, the Georgia Sate Fair and the Bragg Jam. Major venues include the Douglass Theater, Macon Centerplex, Macon Coliseum, Central City Park, Cox Capitol Theatre, Grand Opera House and the Macon Little Theater.

Attractions

  • Ocmulgee National Monument features several types of historic Indian mounds including spiral, funeral, temple and burial.
  • Rose Hill Cemetery.
  • Harriet Tuban African-American Museum.
  • Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens.
  • Hay House.
  • Sidney Lanier Cottage.
  • Cannonball House and Civil War Museum.
  • Grand Opera House.
  • Museum of Arts and Sciences.
  • Fort Hawkins was the first settlement in the area.
  • City Hall.
  • City Auditorium features one of the largest copper domes in the world.
  • Macon Terminal Station.
  • The Georgia Children's Museum.
  • Ocmulgee Heritage Trail features numerous landmarks and is situated near the Ocmulgee River.
  • Vineville Avenue showcases numerous historic houses and churches.

Macon Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bibb County
Standard Zip Codes31206, 31210, 31211, 31216, 31217, 31220, 31201, 31204
P.O. Box Zip Codes31202, 31203, 31205, 31208, 31209, 31212, 31221, 31297
Company Zip Codes31213, 31294, 31295, 31296, 31207
Phone Area Codes478
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.83
Approximate Longitude-83.65

Macon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMACON MIDDLE GA RGNL AP
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp35 to 57 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 77 F
Annual Precip45 inches
StationBYRON EXPERIMENT STN
Distance13.8 miles
Jan Temp35 to 56 F
Apr Temp51 to 75 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationMILLEDGEVILLE
Distance27.8 miles
Jan Temp31 to 57 F
Apr Temp46 to 77 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp48 to 77 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Byron4,956$62,305
Centerville7,576$79,063
Fort Valley8,975$27,015
Gordon2,138$41,250
Gray3,281$82,781
Warner Robins73,265$54,875

Macon Public Libraries

Middle Georgia Regional Library System
1180 WASHINGTON AVENUE
Macon, Georgia
(478) 744-0800

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Macon Hospitals

Coliseum Medical Centers
(Proprietary)
350 Hospital Drive
(478) 765-7000
Coliseum Psychiatric Hospital
(Proprietary)
340 Hospital Drive, Box 9366
(478) 765-7000
Regency Hospital Company Of Macon, Llc
535 Coliseum Drive
Medical Center Of Central Georgia
777 Hemlock Street
Coliseum Northside Hospital
(Proprietary)
400 Charter Boulevard
(478) 757-8200
The Children's Hospital - Medical Center Of Central Georgia
(Government - District/authority)
888 Pine Street
(478) 633-5437
Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, Llc
(Non-profit)
3351 Northside Drive
(478) 201-6500
Lake Bridge Behavioral Health System
(Proprietary)
3500 Riverside Drive

Macon Public Schools

Alexander Ii Magnet School
1156 College St
ZIP: 31201
(478) 779-2679
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Elam Alexander Academy At Burke
2051 2nd St
ZIP: 31201
(478) 779-3930
Williams Elementary School
325 Pursley St
ZIP: 31201
(478) 779-3660
Primary
Total Enrollment 296
Ballard Hudson Middle School
1070 Anthony Rd
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-3390
Middle
Total Enrollment 390
Brookdale Elementary School
3600 Brookdale Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-2783
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Central High School
2155 Napier Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-2292
High
Total Enrollment 1082
Georgia Academy For The Blind
2895 Vineville Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 751-6083
Other
Total Enrollment 106
Hartley Elementary School
2230 Anthony Rd
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Hutchings High - Alternative School Program
2004 Riverside Dr
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-2550
Ingram/pye Elementary School
1870 Pio Nono Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-3000
Primary
Total Enrollment 634
Miller Magnet Middle School
751 Hendley St
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-4029
Middle
Total Enrollment 849
Morgan Elementary School
4901 Faubus Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-2409
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Northwoods Academy - Federal Special Ed. Pre-school Program
709 Pierce Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-3205
Price Educational Center
304 Pierce Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 751-2800
Middle
Total Enrollment 16
Riley Elementary School
3522 Greenbriar Rd
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-2064
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Rosa Taylor Elementary School
2976 Crestline Dr
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-3563
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Vineville Academy
2260 Vineville Ave
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-3226
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
William S. Hutchings Career Center
2004 Riverside Dr
ZIP: 31204
(478) 779-2535
High
Total Enrollment 217
Barden Elementary School
2521 Anderson Dr
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-3300
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Bloomfield - Alternative School Program
4375 Bloomfield Dr
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-4800
Bloomfield Middle School
4375 Bloomfield Rd Ext
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-4800
Middle
Total Enrollment 467
Bruce Elementary School
3660 Houston Ave
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-4558
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Burghard Elementary School
6020 Bloomfield Rd
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-2900
Primary
Total Enrollment 310
Rice Elementary School
3750 Jessie Rice St
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Southwest High School
1730 Canterbury Rd
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-4459
High
Total Enrollment 854
Weaver Middle School
2570 Heath Rd
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-4630
Middle
Total Enrollment 841
Westside High School
2851 Heath Rd
ZIP: 31206
(478) 779-3800
High
Total Enrollment 1109
Academy For Classical Education
5665 New Forsyth Rd
ZIP: 31210
(478) 747-5310
Primary
Total Enrollment 759
Carter Elementary School
5910 Zebulon Rd
ZIP: 31210
(478) 779-3350
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Howard High School
6400 Forsyth Rd
ZIP: 31210
(478) 779-7852
High
Total Enrollment 1186
Howard Middle School
6600 Forsyth Rd
ZIP: 31210
(478) 779-3454
Middle
Total Enrollment 921
Lakebridge Behavioral Health System
3500 Riverside Dr
ZIP: 31210
(478) 477-3289
Other
Total Enrollment 32
Lane Elementary School
990 Newport Rd
ZIP: 31210
(478) 779-3150
Primary
Total Enrollment 531
Springdale Elementary School
4965 Northside Dr
ZIP: 31210
(478) 779-3750
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Union Elementary School
4831 Mamie Carter Dr
ZIP: 31210
(478) 773-2629
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Appling Middle School
1210 Shurling Dr
ZIP: 31211
(478) 779-2200
Middle
Total Enrollment 634
Clifton Ridge Middle School
169 Dusty Ln
ZIP: 31211
(478) 743-5182
Middle
Total Enrollment 574
Jones Elementary School
2350 Alandale Dr
ZIP: 31211
(478) 779-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
King - Danforth Elementary School
1301 Shurling Dr
ZIP: 31211
(478) 779-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Northeast High School
1646 Upper River Rd
ZIP: 31211
(478) 779-4157
High
Total Enrollment 630
Heard Elementary School
6515 Houston Rd
ZIP: 31216
(478) 779-4250
Primary
Total Enrollment 584
Porter Elementary School
5802 School Rd
ZIP: 31216
(478) 779-4350
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
Rutland High School
6250 Skipper Rd
ZIP: 31216
(478) 779-3041
High
Total Enrollment 1062
Rutland Middle School
6260 Skipper Rd
ZIP: 31216
(478) 779-4369
Middle
Total Enrollment 881
Bernd Elementary School
4160 Ocmulgee East Blvd
ZIP: 31217
(478) 779-2730
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Burdell Elementary School
972 Fort Hill St
ZIP: 31217
(478) 779-2937
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Macon Regional Youth Detention Center
4164 Riggins Mill Rd
ZIP: 31217
(912) 751-3400
Middle
Total Enrollment 10
Macon Youth Development Campus
4160 Riggins Mill Rd
ZIP: 31217
(478) 751-3432
Other
Total Enrollment 4
Mattie Wells Elementary School
101 Mattie Wells Dr
ZIP: 31217
(478) 742-5959
Primary
Total Enrollment 768
Heritage Elementary School
6050 Thomaston Rd
ZIP: 31220
(478) 779-4715
Primary
Total Enrollment 765

Macon Private Schools

Progressive Christian Academy
151 Madison St
ZIP: 31201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 93
St Josephs Catholic School
905 High St
ZIP: 31201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 269
Bethany Christian Academy
1550 Edna Pl
ZIP: 31204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
M A Evans Grade School
345 Edward Ave
ZIP: 31204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 107
St Peter Claver
133 Ward St
ZIP: 31204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 161
First Presbyterian Day School
5671 Calvin Dr
ZIP: 31210
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 896
Montessori Of Macon
855 Tolliver Pl
ZIP: 31210
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 87
St Andrews Montessori School
501 Bass Rd
ZIP: 31210
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Tattnall Square Academy
111 Trojan Trl
ZIP: 31210
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 535
Wimbish Adventist School
640 Wimbish Rd
ZIP: 31210
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
Woodfield Academy
4375 Rivoli Dr
ZIP: 31210
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 53
Wynfield Christian Academy
143 Williamson Dr
ZIP: 31210
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 45
Central Fellowship Christian Academy
8460 Hawkinsville Rd
ZIP: 31216
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 271
Windsor Academy
4150 Jones Rd
ZIP: 31216
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 237
Middle Georgia Christian School
5859 Thomaston Rd
ZIP: 31220
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 92
Stratford Academy
6010 Peake Rd
ZIP: 31220
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 879
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