Explorers will feel right at home in picturesque Macon, Georgia, located on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. A vibrant college town, Macon is the hub of Bibb County with a thriving music, arts, and educational scene. Known for its historic architecture, the city has 6000 individual structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Though Macon possesses the charm and beauty of a small southern town, plenty of events and attractions keep Explorers entertained.
“The Heart of Georgia”
Macon is centrally located and just a short drive from Savannah’s beaches, Atlanta, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Macon has a moderate climate year-round, with short winters and hot summers. Got a thing for farm-fresh produce? Macon has several farmer’s markets, and with one bite, you’ll understand why Justin Bieber sang about Georgia’s peaches. Explorers will find Macon much more affordable than neighboring cities, with rent, median home prices, groceries, and transportation all lower, giving Explorers more money for events and weekend getaways.
Manufacturing, aeronautics, healthcare, and tourism are Macon’s leading employers. Healthcare and social assistance employ 16 percent of residents compared to 13.8 percent nationally.
Atrium Health Navicent Medical Center ranks high performing in eight procedures/conditions by U.S. News & World Report. Piedmont Macon Medical Center and Piedmont Macon North Hospital also serve residents.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 23.4 percent below the national rate
- Population: 156,762 based on 2020 U.S. Census
- Median Home Sale Price: $210,000
- Average Rent: $1,121 for 1,024 sq. ft.
- Median Household Income: $43,862
- Per Capita Income: $27,800
- Live below the poverty line: 25.2 percent
- Median Age: 33.2 years
- Average commute time: 20.9 minutes
Overall grade: C- (Niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 17 to 1
- Serving: 21,373 students in PreK through high school
- 79 percent graduation rate
Macon is an ideal location for Explorers wishing to expand their educational résumés. There are community colleges, public and private universities in Macon, including Mercer University, Middle Georgia State University, and Wesleyan College.
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority (MTA) Explorers can utilize weekday and weekend service via MTA to travel around the city and county.
Middle Georgia Regional Airport Regular commuter flights take passengers to and from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. There are also a variety of rental car companies, cab, and limousine services.
Cherry Blossom Festival Washington, D.C., isn’t the only city honoring one of the prettiest trees to bloom each spring. During March and April, Macon, which has more cherry trees than any other city in the world, holds its annual Cherry Blossom Festival with over 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees in bloom. The festival includes live concerts, outdoor art, crafts, and a fair.
Downtown Have a craft cocktail or a beer, check out performances at historic venues, or appreciate some art at one of the seven quirky galleries. Downtown is full of great eats, eclectic shops, and live entertainment.
Smiley’s Flea Market Shop at Georgia’s largest and finest flea market with 1,000 selling spaces featuring antiques, jewelry, rides, food, and more.
Amerson River Park Enjoy 180 acres of forests, meadows, and wetlands surrounded by a river oxbow. High bluffs provide fantastic views of the area.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Visit a prehistoric American Indian site occupied by indigenous cultures over thousands of years. Indigenous people first arrived during the Paleo-Indian Period hunting Ice Age mammals and later constructed mounds that can still be seen today.
Tubman African American Museum Founded in 1981, the Tubman African American Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the southeast, dedicated to African American art, history, and culture.
Weekend Getaway Atlanta is just a two-hour drive away, where Explorers can visit the Georgia Aquarium, take in an Atlanta Hawks basketball game, or visit the World of Coca-Cola.
Mulberry Street Market Purchase fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and more at this producer-only farmers market in historic Tattnall Square Park.
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