Fort Valley is a somewhat small city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 8,962 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Fort Valley is the 89th largest community in Georgia.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Valley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 office and administrative support (12.23%), food service (9.97%), and sales jobs (7.59%).
Fort Valley is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Fort Valley to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
The citizens of Fort Valley are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.92% of adults in Fort Valley have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Fort Valley in 2018 was $15,964, which is low income relative to Georgia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,856 for a family of four. Fort Valley also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.53% 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 Irish, German, English, Dutch, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Fort Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.