Warner Robins is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia, located primarily in Houston County with a small portion in Peach County. The city has its own metropolitan statistical area (Warner Robins metropolitan area). As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 48,804.
The city was originally named York and, later, Wellston, which was little more than a train stop for local farmers. During World War II, in order to secure a military base, it was renamed after Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins. The base was originally an Army Air Corps repair depot named Wellston Army Air Corps Air Depot. When the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947, the base was named Robins Air Force Base and the logistics headquarters was named the Warner Robins Air Materiel Area (WRAMA). That is today called the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC). The base is the state's largest employer in one location with somewhat over 21,000 personnel, mostly civil servants.
Warner Robins survived a direct strike from an F4 tornado on April 30, 1953, the third tornado ever to be caught on film.
The city is nicknamed the "International City"; because of the number of residents from around the world brought together by nearby Robins Air Force Base.
The city of Warner Robins is working on redeveloping and renewing areas that have suffered from urban decay and/or abandonment through neglect and city growth. The city's plans also include eventually creating a downtown area that will include shopping, entertainment and restaurants and in the process promote and attract more commercial business to the area.
In May 2009 Warner Robins was listed by the Adversity Index as one of four Georgia metro areas who have had less than nine months of recession over the past fifteen years and have only recently been affected by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009.
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