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Macon, Georgia is a located in the central part of the state and is among the largest metropolitan areas in Georgia. It lies near the geographic center of Georgia, approximately 75 miles (129 km) south of Atlanta, hence the city's nickname as the Heart of Georgia.
As of the 2000 census, Macon had a population of 97,606 making it the sixth-largest city (by population) and third-largest Metropolitan area in Georgia, behind Atlanta and Augusta.
Macon has a humid, subtropical temperature with summer temperatures often reaching in the mid-90s, while winters have lows in the mid-40s. The city has an average annual precipitation of 45 inches.
Macon natives have had a great influence upon music of the United States. The kazoo was invented in the city during the 1840s.
Macon has been the birthplace or hometown to such musicians as The Allman Brothers Band, Mark Heard, Lucille Hegamin, Lena Horne, Otis Redding, and Little Richard, as well as more recent names like violinist Robert McDuffie, rapper Young Jeezy, and country artist Jason Aldean.
Rapper Jody Breeze (1/4 of the hip-hop group Boyz N Da Hood, currently signed to P. Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment) was discovered in Macon at a car show.
Capricorn Records, run by Macon native Phil Walden, made the city a hub for Southern rock music in the late 1960's and 1970's.
Partly as a result of this musical heritage, Macon is also the home of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
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