Valdosta, GA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
148,203
0.643% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
32.2
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
21.9%
7.67% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$51,216
11.1% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$167,400
14.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
61,843
2.28% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Valdosta, GA had a population of 148k people with a median age of 32.2 and a median household income of $51,216. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Valdosta, GA grew from 147,256 to 148,203, a 0.643% increase and its median household income grew from $46,092 to $51,216, a 11.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (53.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (34.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.72%), White (Hispanic) (2.14%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.11%).

None of the households in Valdosta, GA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.1% of the residents in Valdosta, GA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA are Valdosta State University (2,592 degrees awarded in 2022) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,017 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Valdosta, GA was $167,400, and the homeownership rate was 57.3%.

Most people in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Valdosta, GA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Valdosta, GA is home to a population of 148k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.41% of Valdosta, GA residents were born outside of the country (5.05k people).

In 2022, there were 1.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (79k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.03k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.1%
2022 Citizenship
98.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.1% of Valdosta, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Valdosta, GA was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    79k ± 501
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    51.6k ± 628
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.03k ± 764
7.07%
Hispanic Population
10.5k people

In 2022, there were 1.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (79k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.03k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.07% of the people in Valdosta, GA are hispanic (10.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Valdosta, GA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    222,301 ± 11,455 people
  2. India
    103,637 ± 7,865 people
  3. Jamaica
    49,864 ± 5,470 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 222,301 Georgia residents, followed by India with 103,637 and Jamaica with 49,864.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.41%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
5.05k people
3.53%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
5.2k people

As of 2022, 3.41% of Valdosta, GA residents (5.05k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Valdosta, GA was 3.53%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,156 ± 586
  2. Vietnam
    2,482 ± 322
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,349 ± 297

Valdosta, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Valdosta, GA employs 61.8k people. The largest industries in Valdosta, GA are Retail Trade (8,977 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,613 people), and Educational Services (6,652 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($68,438), Public Administration ($50,936), and Wholesale Trade ($48,491).

Males in Georgia have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,988. The income inequality in Georgia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.474, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

61.8k
2022 Value
± 2,336
2.28%
1 Year growth
± 5.22%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Valdosta, GA grew at a rate of 2.28%, from 60.5k employees to 61.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Valdosta, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,716 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,454 people), and Management Occupations (4,838 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

61.8k
2022 Value
± 2,336
2.28%
1 Year growth
± 5.22%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Valdosta, GA grew at a rate of 2.28%, from 60.5k employees to 61.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Valdosta, GA, are Retail Trade (8,977 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,613 people), and Educational Services (6,652 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Valdosta, GA, though some of these residents may live in Valdosta, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$40,549
Median earning men ± $1,723
$29,757
Median earning women ± $1,257

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($59,067), Public Administration ($58,626), and Wholesale Trade ($54,977).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($39,139), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,587), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($36,373).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.94%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.87M people employed in Georgia. This represents a 2.94% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Georgia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,415
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 772
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 697
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Georgia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 49.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (49.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.24%).

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing the state of Georgia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Georgia

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Jon Ossoff
Senator from Georgia2
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Inauguration delayed as incumbent senator David Perdue's term expired on January 3, 2021, two days prior to the 2020-21 United States Senate election in Georgia|runoff election.
Raphael Warnock
Senator from Georgia3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Elected to the seat to succeed Kelly Loeffler, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of Johnny Isakson.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing Georgia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Georgia

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Georgia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Valdosta, GA awarded 4,609 degrees. The student population of Valdosta, GA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,605 male students and 9,607 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Valdosta, GA are White (2,472 and 54.3%), followed by Black or African American (1,492 and 32.8%), Hispanic or Latino (379 and 8.32%), and Two or More Races (119 and 2.61%).

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA by number of degrees awarded are Valdosta State University (2,592 and 56.2%) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,017 and 43.8%).

The most popular majors in Valdosta, GA are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (259 and 5.62%), General Business Administration & Management (210 and 4.56%), and Welding Technology (202 and 4.38%).

The median tuition cost in Valdosta, GA for a public four year colleges is $4,371 for in-state students and $15,426 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Valdosta, GA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 89.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 14,212 (32.4% men and 67.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 14,212 students enrolled in Valdosta, GA, 32.4% men and 67.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 6,785 records, of which 66.9% were women and 33.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 102 degrees awarded
  2. 120 degrees awarded
  3. 102 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Valdosta, GA was General Health Services with 102 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Valdosta, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,592 degrees awarded
  2. 2,017 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Valdosta State University with 2,592 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,637 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Valdosta, GA, which is 0.551 times less than the 2,972 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,472 degrees mean that there were 1.66 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,492 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($4,371) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,636) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,276) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 1.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.03% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.33M), Some college (1.78M), and Bachelors Degree (1.56M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Valdosta, GA was $167,400 in 2022, which is 0.594 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $145,800 to $167,400, a 14.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Valdosta, GA is 57.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Valdosta, GA have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Valdosta, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Valdosta, GA is $51,216. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Valdosta, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $131,660, followed by Oconee County, GA and Fayette County, GA, with respective values of $116,221 and $105,910.

Property

$167,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,855
$31,182
Median Property Taxes
±$1,391

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Valdosta, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

57.3%
Homeownership
2022
65.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 57.3% of the housing units in Valdosta, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Valdosta, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $131,660, followed by Oconee County, GA and Fayette County, GA, with respective values of $116,221 and $105,910.

The following map shows all of the counties in Valdosta, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$51,216
Median Household Income
± $1,584
54.4k
Number of Households
± 1,918

In 2022, the median household income of the 54.4k households in Valdosta, GA grew to $51,216 from the previous year's value of $46,092.

The following chart displays the households in Valdosta, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Valdosta, GA is from Georgia.
0.474
2022 Wage GINI in Georgia
0.475
2021 Wage GINI in Georgia

In 2022, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.474 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.224% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (83.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.49%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.08%)

In 2022, 83.1% of workers in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.49%) and those who worked at home (4.08%).

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Valdosta, GA have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.81% of the workforce in Valdosta, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Valdosta, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Valdosta, GA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

21.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Valdosta, GA (31.5k out of 143k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Valdosta, GA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

84.1% of the population of Valdosta, GA has health coverage, with 37.8% on employee plans, 12.9% on Medicaid, 9.53% on Medicare, 18.3% on non-group plans, and 5.56% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Georgia see 1492 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.06% decrease from the previous year (1508 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1921 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 637 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,492 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Georgia

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,492 patients per year. This represents a 1.06% decrease from the previous year (1,508 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.8% under 18 years, 26.1% between 18 and 34 years, 33.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.6% were men and 53.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

15.9%
Uninsured
37.8%
Employer Coverage
12.9%
Medicaid
9.53%
Medicare
18.3%
Non-Group
5.56%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Valdosta, GA declined by 5.15% from 16.8% to 15.9%.

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