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Houston County is a county in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 139,900. The county was created
on May 15, 1821. The county seat is
Perry. Houston county is named after Georgia governor John Houstoun, with the spelling being a common 19th-century variation.
Houston County is included in the Warner Robins, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Macon-Warner Robins, GA Combined Statistical Area.
The county was named for John Houston, a member of the Continental Congress and Governor of Georgia from 1778 to 1784.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
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 Houston, a member of the Continental Congress and Governor of Georgia from 1778 to 1784.
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.
Both Warner Robins and Robins Air Force Base were named for Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins.
Robins Air Force Base, the center of the Warner Robins Air MateriEl Area, was built in 1941 for around $15 million. It covers 6,400 acres and is Georgia's largest single employer, providing an important economic boost to central Georgia.
Warner Robins is home to one of the top Air Museums in the country, the Museum of Aviation. This facility also includes the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame as well as the Robert L. Scott Vistascope Theater.
Perry is home to the Georgia National Fairgounds and Agricenter
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and Former US Senator Sam Nunn are Perry natives.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 380 square miles (980 km2), of which 376 square miles (970 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (1.2%) is water.
Houston county is located close to the center of Georgia. The county is mostly in the Ocmulgee River basin with a small portion in the Flint River basin
Bordering counties are as follows:
Middle Georgia Technical College and the satellite campuses of Macon State College, Fort Valley State University and Georgia Military College.