Perry Georgia 31069
In the early 1800s, Perry, Georgia, was known as Wattsville and was officially incorporated in 1824. Originally, settlers grew and cultivated cotton on the city’s rich soils, but grains, peaches, peanuts, and pecans have also flourished in the area. Perry was also home to some of the earliest industries such as the cotton gin.
Today Perry boasts a population over 14K and is known by many as the “Crossroads of Georgia” because of its proximity to several highways. Perry is named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who fought in the War of 1812.
Fun Fact: Perry GA residents won the 1948 Championship Home Town contest for having meticulous residential areas.
Residents enjoy the Dogwood Festival every year in dedication of the city’s beautiful historic areas. The annual event draws huge crowds and vendors from around the state.
Perry Georgia has been the home to The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter (GNFA) since the late 1980s, and is the site of the annual Georgia National Fair. The Georgia National Fair runs for eleven straight days starting on the fifth Thursday after Labor Day. The GNFA is used during the year for ceremonies, meetings, various equine & livestock events, concerts, sporting events, and much more.
Things to do
Visit the historic New Perry Hotel, open to visitors since 1925. If you want southern hospitality with modern conveniences, this is the place for your special event or weekend away.
Shop in the recently renovated downtown area at the many specialty shops, do some window browsing, or people watch from one fo the street-side benches.
Take a stroll along the Historic Walking Tour and see 50+ preserved homes, restaurants, monuments, and other man-made marvels.
Buy one-of-a-kind gifts or old-time treasures on the Perry Antiques Trail. Several antique stores, shops, and boutiques bring yesteryear back to life.
Get out the cowboy gear for the Georgia National Rodeo held each February. Bring the family and enjoy the fast-paced entertainment of a live rodeo event.
Have a good old country jamboree at the semi-annual (April/October) Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. If you like arts and crafts, this is the event for you.
Test your golf patience by playing at one of the 3 challenging Perry golf courses or throw a hook in the water at the 108 acre Flat Creek public fishing area.
Perry, GA Population Statistics
According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2011, the estimated population was 14,215. There are 528.7 people per square mile (population density).
About 49.5% of the population is male and 50.5% is female with a median age of 33.9 years. Approximately 50.6% of males are married and 48.3% of females are married and about 48.5% of households have children. About 95% of the population speaks English with 5% speaking a language other than English (3% speaks Spanish).
Perry, GA Climate
Perry has a warm, humid climate with a general temperature range between 35F and 93F. The warm season lasts between May and September with an average high of 89F and low of 66.4F. The cold season lasts from November to February with an average high of 62.3F and low of 38F.
Perry gets about an average of 45.83 inches of precipitation a year with an average of 3.82 inches a month. On average the warmest and wettest month is July and the coolest month is January. On average, there are 223 sunny days. The highest recorded temperature was 108°F in 1980 and the lowest recorded temperature was -6°F in 1985.
Perry, GA Economy
The current unemployment rate is 8.2% with job growth of 1.81%. Approximately 63.4% of the population 16 years and over are in the labor force, the median household income is $48,188, and the income per capita is $21,744.
The homeownership rate is 57.8% and amount of persons per household is 2.53. Approximately 12.2% of the Perry population lives under the poverty level as compared to 15.7% for the state. Sales tax for Perry is 7% and income tax is 6%.
Population by Occupation and Industry in Perry, GA
- Management, business, science, and arts occupations: 35.6%
- Service occupations: 17.3%
- Sales and office occupations: 27.4%
- Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations: 11.2%
- Production, transportation, and material moving occupations: 8.5%
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining: 1.6%
- Construction: 5.4%
- Manufacturing: 12.6%
- Wholesale trade: 1.5%
- Retail Trade: 11.5%
- Transportation and warehousing, and utilities: 4%
- Information: 2.4%
- Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing: 6.5%
- Professional, scientific, and management and administrative and waste management services: 6.6%
- Educational services, and healthcare and social assistance: 23.2%
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services: 10.4%
- Other services, except public administration: 4%
- Public administration: 10.4%
Perry, GA Real Estate and Housing
If you are looking to buy Perry real estate, there are several communities to choose from, each with its own unique style. Whether you are looking for a single family home, new construction, townhouses, gated communities, or foreclosures, I am a Perry real estate agent that can assist with all your needs.
The median home value in Perry is $140,000, the median mortgage is $1,184, and the median rent is $680. Homeowners make up 57.8% of the population and 14.5% of houses and apartments are vacant. There are a total of 5,577 housing units and the majority of homes have three bedrooms.
Perry, GA Schools
Georgia law requires students attend a public, private school, or a home study program from their 6th to their 16th birthdays. Public Kindergarten is available, but not mandatory. All students graduating after 2012 will use the new Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Performance Standards curriculum.
Public schools in Perry include:
- Kings Chapel Elementary
- Morningside Elementary
- Perry Primary
- Tucker Elementary
- Perry Middle
- Perry High
Private schools in Perry include:
- The Westfield School
Colleges/Universities nearest Perry GA
Tuition is affordable, and with so many schools of higher learning close by, getting a degree is easily accomplished. Here is the list of colleges within 35 miles of Perry Georgia.
- Central Georgia Technical College
- Georgia Military College
- Macon State College
- Mercer University
- Middle Georgia College
- Middle Georgia Technical College
- Wesleyan College
Perry, GA Educational Statistics
Population currently enrolled in:
- Nursery or preschool – 6.7%
- Kindergarten - 4.2%
- Elementary school (grades 1-8) – 43.9%
- High school (grades 9-12) – 23.2%
- College/graduate school – 22.1%
- High school – 83.3%
- Associate’s degree – 5.1%
- Bachelor’s degree – 14.6%
- Graduate/professional degree – 7.3%
- Some college, no degree – 24.6%
Hospitals/Medical Centers nearest Perry GA
There are a multitude of hospitals and specialty clinics in the Perry GA area to assist with all your medical needs. They include:
- 78th Medical Group
- Coliseum Health Center
- Coliseum Northside Hospital
- Houston Medical Center
- Medical Center of Central Georgia
- Perry Hospital
Other specialized medical services in Houston County GA include:
- Health Connections - Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Houston Heart Institute
- Houston Lake Med-Stop
- Houston Lake Rehab
- Pavilion Diagnostic Center
- Pavilion Med-Stop
- Pavilion Rehabilitation Center
- The Surgery Center
Transportation and Commute Statistics in Perry, GA
The average commute for the working population is 20.6 minutes. Approximately 80.3% of commuters drive alone in their own vehicle, 16.2% carpool, and 1.4% work from their home.
Perry is located east of Interstate 75 over 30 miles south of the Interstate 75 and Interstate 16 junction in Macon. U.S. Highway 41 and U.S. Highway 341 also pass through Perry.
Rail Service is provided by Norfolk-Southern and CSX and the nearest ports are Savannah (170 miles) and Brunswick (180 miles).
There are three local airports which can be used by corporate or general aviators which include: Middle Georgia Regional Airport (Macon), Perry-Houston County Airport (Perry), and Warner Robins Air Park (Warner Robins). These small airports provide connecting flights to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Travelers needing a shuttle service to Atlanta’s airport can use Groome Transportation.
Anita Clark – Perry Real Estate Agent
As a Perry Real Estate Agent, I am dedicated to helping consumers find the perfect home for their needs or assisting home sellers with their sale of their existing property. I specialize in helping first-time buyers, foreclosures, military and corporate relocations, new construction, and resales.
The areas I service include: Bonaire, Byron, Centerville, Kathleen, Perry, Robins AFB, Warner Robins and the greater Houston County area.
I utilize the Web and social media to market, promote, and provide information YOU can use to make an informed Perry real estate decision. I love being a Perry Real Estate Agent, let me show you how much!
~ Anita ~