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.
Fort Valley is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Fort Valley area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Fort Valley maintain a good economy.
The education level of Fort Valley citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.09% of adults 25 and older in Fort Valley have a college 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.