Thu., July 19, 2012 3:04pm (EDT)

Military Cities Make Top 10 List
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 2 years ago

WARNER ROBINS, Ga.  —  
Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base (photo Josephine Bennett)
Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base (photo Josephine Bennett)
Two Georgia cities are on a new list of “The Top 10 Cities People are Moving to in 2012.” And, they’re nowhere near Atlanta.

The report by the Fiscal Times says Hinesville near Savannah grew 3.4% in the last year, while Warner Robins in Middle Georgia’s Houston County saw a 2.9% increase in population.

Both Georgia cities benefit from a strong military presence from Fort Stewart and Robins Air Force Base. Angie Gheesling with the Houston County Development Authority says during the economic downturn, construction has remained strong and unemployment lower than the state average.

“This accolade is certainly going to be a recruitment tool for me. We’re already updating our website. I used it with a prospect a couple of weeks ago to say that these people come into our community and they stay. This becomes their home.”

It remains to be seen how expected cuts to the military could impact the two communities.