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Overview

Introduction to Fort Valley, Georgia

Located in Peach county, Fort Valley, Georgia, is 24 miles SW of Macon, Georgia (center to center) and 87 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is in the Macon area.

Fort Valley History

In the 1820s, a Native American trade post was set up in the area where two early Indian rails intersected. It was settled by James Abbington Everett, a North Carolinian. He was later joined by Allen and William Wiggins, Peter Greene, and Mathew Dorsey. This trade post signaled the beginning of the Fort Valley community. There are many stories regarding the origin of the name of this area. It is said that the city was named 'Fox Valley' by Everett; however, the name was misread by the post office officials as 'Fort Valley.' Other sources state that the community was named in honor of Arthur Fort, a Revolutionary War hero and a friend of Everett.

Fort Valley and nearby Attractions

  • Tubman African-American Museum
  • Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
  • Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base
  • Indian Springs State Park
  • Georgia Music Hall of Fame
  • Sprewell Bluff State Park

Things To Do In Fort Valley

The Tilford Winery and Farms, Greater Georgia Amusements LLC, and Club House McKenzie Memorial are located in the town. There are many parks in the community including Sprewell Bluff State Park, Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, Indian Springs State Park, and Franklin D Roosevelt State Park. The First Baptist Church of Fort Valley, Union Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, and Trinity Baptist Church are the town's churches. The community also hosts annual festivals such as the Georgia Peach Festival and the Fall Festival.

Fort Valley Transportation

Middle Georgia Regional Airport is located nearby.

Fort Valley Higher Education

Higher education is available at Central Georgia Technical College, Fort Valley State University, and Albany State University.

People

Total Population 9,192
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,800
Age of the Population 23

Families

% of people married 21.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $27,163
% Above Poverty Level 54.8%
% Below Poverty Level 45.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $77,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.1%
US/American 0%
English 2.1%
Irish 1.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles SW of Macon, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Peach
Metro Area Macon
Standard Zip Codes 31030
Phone Area Codes 478
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.553
Longitude -83.887

Fort Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MARSHALLVILLE
Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Station BYRON EXPERIMENT STN
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station THOMASTON 2 S
Distance 33.1 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 57 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Byron 4,818 $58,438
Centerville 7,519 $64,338
Marshallville 1,359 $43,409
Perry 14,991 $52,500
Reynolds 1,257 $39,922
Roberta 843 $24,474

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Valley Public Libraries

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Peach County Public Libraries
315 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DRIVE
Fort Valley, Georgia
(478) 825-1640

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Fort Valley Hospitals

PEACH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
601 BLUE BIRD BOULEVARD
(478) 825-8691
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Valley High Schools

PEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
900 CAMPUS DRIVE
478-825-8258
Serves 1,106 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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