Macon is a city in central Georgia, USA. It is among the largest metropolitan areas in Georgia, and the county seat of Bibb County. It is near the center of Georgia, more or less 75 miles (129 km) south of Atlanta, that's why the city's called the Heart of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, Macon had a population of 97,255. Macon is the sixth-largest city by population of the state.