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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!”


News & Announcements

Public Announcements:

  • New Hours For the Recycling Center beginning October 1, 2022 will be Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 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.

2022 Annual Lighted Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00pm.

  • Application deadline is November 14th 2022
  • A representative from each organization are required to attend Mandatory Safety Meeting on Monday, November 28th at 6:00pm at Centerville City Hall.
  • Application can be dropped off at: Centerville City Hall, 300 E. Church Street Centerville, GA 31028
  • Or emailed to: [email protected]
  • Christmas Parade Application

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.


Demographics of Centerville


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


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.