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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

Public Announcements:

  • The Centerville Citizen’s Academy is an exciting opportunity for Centerville citizens and business owners, 16 years of age and older, to gain more hands-on knowledge about their local government. This program allows citizens to get to know government officials and staff. Centerville Citizen’s Academy is a 6-week program focusing on topics such as Economic and Community Growth, Essential City Services, Centerville Safety, and more. Through this program, participants (limited to 25 people) will learn and understand the ins and outs of daily governmental duties. Apply 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.

Departments

Demographics of Centerville

Population

2000 – 4,278

2015 – 7,575

Racial Diversity

67% White

19.9% African American

5.8% Hispanic or Latino

4.1% Asian

3.2% Other

Educational Attainment

89.5% high school diploma or higher

24% bachelor’s degree or higher

Land Area

3.9 square miles

Housing, Income, & Employment

2.82 Persons Per Household Household Size

3,135 Housing Units

$144,200 Median Housing Value

$58,333 Median Household Income

19 min. Median Travel Time to Work

Legend of Centerville

1847

The earliest Houston County maps show a settlement called Busby where modern Centerville now stands.

1882

Historical documents also show this settlement was called LaVilla, Gunn, Dunbar, and Toy at various times.

A land map indicates the town as Busbayville.

1888

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.

1900

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.

1958

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.

1960

According to the 1960 census, Centerville’s first official population count was 290. The 2010 Census counted Centerville’s population at 7,148.