Fort Valley is a quiet and peaceful yet energetic and progressive city located near the geographical center of Georgia in growing Peach County. The city had a total population of 9,815 according to the 2010 Census, an astounding 22.61 percent growth rate over the 10 years since the 2000 census. The current estimated population is 9,935. The city, established in 1856, is the county seat of Peach County.
Fort Valley was long known as the Peach Capitol of the World and is the center of Georgia's largest peach producing area. It is also the birthplace of and corporate home to the Blue Bird Corp., one of the nation's largest manufacturers of school buses. The city is also home to Fort Valley State University and the American Camellia Society. Lane Packing Co. operates a sprawling peach packing and retail facility at the edge of town which has become a popular tourist attraction.
With quiet tree-lined streets and dozens of beautiful historical homes, Fort Valley is a city in transition. Served by a dedicated mayor and city council, progressive and professional fire and police departments and an innovative city-owned utility service, the city is preparing itself for tremendous growth over the next few years.