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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,975
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens9%
Employed Population 16+2,642
Age of the Population23

Families

% of people married21.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.2%
Median Earnings25+$20,368
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,045

Wealth

Median Family Income$27,015
% Above Poverty Level56.9%
% Below Poverty Level43.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work14.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone36.1%
Median Gross Rent$608
Median House Value$74,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64.9%
Irish2.4%
German1.7%
English1.7%
Italian0.9%
Scottish0.7%
Polish0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Dutch0.6%
French Except Basque0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
African0.2%
Bahamian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Swedish0.2%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Fort Valley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Peach County
Standard Zip Codes31030
Phone Area Codes478
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.55
Approximate Longitude-83.88

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)

StationMARSHALLVILLE
Distance7.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 56 F
Apr Temp48 to 76 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 76 F
Annual Precip44.2 inches
StationBYRON EXPERIMENT STN
Distance11.2 miles
Jan Temp35 to 56 F
Apr Temp51 to 75 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationTHOMASTON 2 S
Distance33.1 miles
Jan Temp31 to 57 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Byron4,956$62,305
Centerville7,576$79,063
Marshallville1,493$39,931
Perry15,293$53,311
Reynolds1,388$42,159
Roberta876$28,750

Fort Valley Public Libraries

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

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Fort Valley Public Schools

Fort Valley Middle School
814 Peggy Dr
ZIP: 31030
(478) 825-2413
Middle
Total Enrollment 475
Hunt Elementary School
1750 Highway 341 North
ZIP: 31030
(478) 825-5296
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
New Program
1000 Tulip Dr
ZIP: 31030
(478) 825-7409
Ninth Grade Academy
1000 Tulip Dr
ZIP: 31030
(478) 825-7409
Peach County High School
900 Campus Dr
ZIP: 31030
(478) 825-8258
High
Total Enrollment 981

Fort Valley Private Schools

Learning Tree Ctr Of Ga
104 Peachtree St
ZIP: 31030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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