Discover Why the Robins Region is a Great Place to Live
There is something for everyone in the greater Robins Region, from creating the quality of life you want to building your business.
Everything on your wish list comes together in the Robins Region — close-knit communities, excellent career opportunities, affordable homes, plenty of amenities and traffic that doesn’t leave you sitting in your car for hours on end.
It’s a place where you can live while exploring your 20s, a place where you can put down roots and raise a family, and a place where you can relax and retire. In other words, it’s the perfect location for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at all it has to offer.
Once you’ve chosen to live in the Robins Region, the next thing you’ll need to decide is where — Perry, Warner Robins or Centerville. These three communities offer unique vibes, as they boast their own community events and celebrations, delicious dining scenes, retail options and friendly residents.
“I like the diversity,” says David Rutherford, president of Gold Cup Bowling Center, who was born in Warner Robins, left the area for high school and college and then returned four years ago to run the family business. “We have people from all walks of life. (It’s) just a great community.”
Whether you land in Warner Robins like Rutherford or one of the other communities, you’ll be met with a variety of affordable housing options, and even more are on the way, thanks to the area’s business-friendly governments that have made it easier for developers to build.
“We actually have new apartments and townhouses and stuff being built right now,” says Shawn Meck, a Realtor for Sheridan Solomon & Associates. “We have homes that average probably from $150,000 to maybe $500,000 that are pretty much consistently being built and selling before they’re done.”
This means that while there are affordable options — the county’s median home price of $227,000 is well below national and state averages — you’ll need to be ready to act once you find a home you want to purchase.
Whether you’re just starting your career or looking to take it to new heights, the Robins Region has a variety of jobs available at all levels.
Anchored by Robins Air Force Base and its nearly 24,000 civilians, contractors and military members, the Robins Region’s diverse economy includes advanced manufacturing, aerospace, food production, software engineering and health care.
“(There’s) the base, and then we have other industries that are starting to come into the area. It’s a lot of companies that support the base, whether it’s Boeing or Northrop Grumman or any of the defense contractors,” Rutherford says. “Amazon has come to the area, which has driven up wages for a lot of people.”
In addition to the companies here, the region is also an excellent place for people to launch and grow their own businesses, as the community is highly supportive of entrepreneurs, and resources are available through organizations such as the Robins Regional Chamber.
Mobility & Other Amenities
Entertainment options run the gamut in the Robins Region, from outdoor recreation to retail and dining establishments. And because of the region’s proximity to Atlanta, which is only 75 miles away, the list of options expands.
Unlike Atlanta, residents can get to where they need to go quickly here, as they aren’t fighting big city traffic, and the region offers plenty of options for residents to get around on foot or two wheels.
“We’re a big proponent here of SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax). We pass it every year, so all of our roads have bike routes on them and sidewalks,” Meck says.
The SPLOST law was enacted in 1985 by Georgia legislators, authorizing a county tax of 1% on items subject to the state sales tax for funding capital projects. And while the region’s list of benefits could go on and on, there is one thing everyone loves about the area.
“Although we’re growing, we’re still a small community that still looks after each other,” Meck says. “You go in any store anywhere, and they still know everyone who’s there.”
If you’d like to learn more about the Robins Region, check out the latest edition of Livability Robins Region.