Live in the Center
Live in the Center
Welcome to the City of Centerville! We’re an active, forward-thinking community dedicated to creating opportunities for our residents and nurturing a thriving local economy.
Our small town has big pride in our accomplishments, and we’re honored to serve the people of Middle Georgia. Our location is truly “in the center” of all the excitement in the region. Our central location, proximity to major highways and interstates, and excellent quality of life make us one of the top bedroom communities in Georgia. We’re excited for you to join our community and “Live in the Center!”
MAYOR JOHN HARLEY
News & Announcements
- The Annual Lighted Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 9th. For all event information, including any updates, click here.
- All City offices will be closed Monday, December 11th from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM for our staff holiday luncheon.
- The Recycling Center has updated their hours to better serve our community. New hours, effective July 1st, are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
- The 2022 Water Quality Report is now available.
- Updated Utility Rate Schedules and Sanitation Guidelines effective April 1, 2023 can be found here.
- The City of Centerville currently has Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) funds available for specified areas in Centerville. For more information, click here.
- The City of Centerville and City Council recognizes the impact that special events have on the availability of city services and therefore has adopted a Special Events procedure to license and regulate special events. If you are interested in hosting/organizing a Special Event within the City of Centerville, please complete the Special Event Permit Application here.
Online Bill Payment:
In order to serve you better, the City of Centerville provides online bill payment for its citizens. Utility bill payments can be made online by clicking the following link. City property tax bills can be paid in person at 300 E. Church Street or by visiting our website by clicking the following link.
Notice of Fees for Electronic Payments
Effective August 7th, 2023 the City will impose a non-refundable flat fee of $1.80 for “payment by electronic means.” Electronic means includes the use of credit card, debit card, electronic funds transfer, electronic check or other electronic method. The City continues to provide a direct payment option by check, cash or money order on which a fee is not imposed.
Demographics of Centerville
2000 – 4,278
2020 – 8,228
27.8% African American
6.4% Hispanic or Latino
Housing, Income, & Employment
2.97 Persons Per Household
3,530 Housing Units
$141,900 Median Housing Value
$59,864 Median Household Income
23.1 min. Average Travel Time to Work
Legend of Centerville
The earliest Houston County maps show a settlement called Busby where modern Centerville now stands.
Historical documents also show this settlement was called LaVilla, Gunn, Dunbar, and Toy at various times.
A land map indicates the town as Busbayville.
The area map of 1888 shows the community as Centerville, the first known reference to the present name. Centerville owes its name to its location, which is halfway between Byron and Wellston and halfway between Macon and Perry.
Centerville citizens applied for a local post office, but postal authorities required a different name for the town since there was already a Centerville Post Office located in Gwinnett County. The town name was changed to Hattie in honor of the daughter of Mitchell F. Etheridge, a state representative. When the post office relocated to Byron a few years later, the town of Hattie was changed back to Centerville.
The City of Centerville was incorporated under a charter issued March 25, 1958, by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia.
Superior Court Judge A.M. Anderson swore in Sherrill Stafford as Mayor and Mark Mathews, Earl Sims, Ira Garvin, and Paul Stalnaker as councilmen.
According to the 1960 census, Centerville’s first official population count was 290. The 2010 Census counted Centerville’s population at 7,148.