Fort Valley is a somewhat small city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 8,597 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Fort Valley is the 89th largest community in Georgia.
Unlike some cities, Fort Valley isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Fort Valley are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Valley is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Valley who work in sales jobs (15.89%), food service (11.35%), and personal care services (9.85%).
Fort Valley is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Fort Valley to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
In terms of college education, Fort Valley is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.09% of adults 25 and older in Fort Valley have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Valley in 2010 was $10,740, which is low income relative to Georgia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $42,960 for a family of four. Fort Valley also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 45.15% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Fort Valley is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Valley residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Fort Valley include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Fort Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.