|Fort Valley, Georgia|
Fort Valley City Hall
|Nickname(s): "Peach Capital of Georgia"|
|Motto: "Where Caring Is A Way Of Life"|
Location in Peach County and the state of Georgia
|o Total||5.3 sq mi (13.6 km2)|
|o Land||5.3 sq mi (13.6 km2)|
|o Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||518 ft (158 m)|
|o Estimate (2016)||8,643|
|o Density||41,151/sq mi (15,888.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|o Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0355881|
|Website||Fort Valley Georgia Website|
The town's name is a mystery, as it has never had a fort. Historians believe that the name was mistakenly changed in a transcription error when the post office was named; the area was originally thought to have been called Fox Valley.
Founded in 1836, Fort Valley was incorporated as a town in 1854 and as a city in 1907. In 1924 Fort Valley was the designated seat of the newly formed Peach County.
Fort Valley was the backdrop for a Life magazine feature story in the March 22, 1943 edition. The World War II-era story focused on the town's sponsoring of the "Ham and Egg Show," a contest held by African-American farmers to highlight ham and poultry production in Peach County, Georgia.
Fort Valley is located at (32.55, -83.89).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,005 people, 3,050 households, and 1,878 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,519.5 people per square mile (586.5/km²). There were 3,303 housing units at an average density of 627.0 per square mile (242.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 22.10% White, 74.65% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.85% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.37% of the population.
There were 3,050 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.9% were married couples living together, 30.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the city, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 16.9% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $19,646, and the median income for a family was $24,206. Males had a median income of $27,016 versus $20,110 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,815. About 31.8% of families and 37.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.3% of those under the age of 18 and 17.3% of those 65 and older.
Despite being a city of less than 10,000 people, Fort Valley boasts one of the best football teams in the state. The Peach County High Trojans have played in seven state title games since 1990, and have also made the playoffs every year since then.
1992 AAA State Runner-Ups
1998 AAA State Runner-Ups
2003 AAA State Runner-Ups
2005 AAA State Champions
2006 AAA State Champions
2009 AAA State Champions
2011 AAA State Runner-Ups
1993 AAA 4x100 Relay State Champions (Greg Streeter, Jacquez Green, Marcus Robinson, Melvin Oats)
The Peach County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. The district has 270 full-time teachers and over 3,927 students.