Introduction to Valdosta, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia, in Lowndes county, is 65 miles NE of Tallahassee, Florida and 102 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida.

Valdosta History

Troupville, the original settlement from which Valdosta was created, was once a steamboat landing on the Withlacoochee River. It was named after Governor George M. Troup. However, when the Gulf and Atlantic Railroad was constructed four miles away, the residents of Troupville simply moved the town closer to the railroad. This resulted in the creation of Valdosta. The city was officially incorporated on December 7, 1860. Valdosta was named after Troup's estate which was known as "Val d'Osta."

Valdosta and nearby Attractions

  • Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum
  • Carnegie Library
  • Cherry Lake
  • Calvary Church
  • Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area
  • Fairview Historic District

Things To Do In Valdosta

Those interested in the regional history and culture can pay a visit to the Lowndes County Historical Society Museum. The Richard Holmes Powell Library, Valdosta City Hall, J. E. Mathis Municipal Auditorium, Lowndes County Jail and Carnegie Library are also worth taking a look around. At the city's lakes and reservoirs, one can enjoy a variety of water sports. There are also many shopping centers in Valdosta. The Azalea International Folk Festival, held every March, draws crowds from all the neighboring cities and town.

Valdosta Transportation

Valdosta Regional Airport, about 6 miles away, provides facilities for air transportation.

Valdosta Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by the local Valdosta State University and the Valdosta Technical College. One can also enroll at the Albany State University, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University.


Total Population 56,504
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 10.3%
Employed Population 16+ 23,855
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 30.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.3%
Median Earnings25+ $25,809
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,528
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,660


Median Family Income $37,702
% Above Poverty Level 65%
% Below Poverty Level 35%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 34.4%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $125,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 6.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valdosta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles NE of Tallahassee, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida
County Lowndes
Standard Zip Codes 31601, 31602, 31605, 31606
P.O. Box Zip Codes 31603, 31604
Company Zip Codes 31698, 31699
Phone Area Codes 229
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.832
Longitude -83.278

Valdosta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station QUITMAN 2 NW
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 62 F
Apr Temp 52 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 53 inches
Distance 33.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 62 F
Apr Temp 49 to 79 F
Jul Temp 67 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 80 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches
Station LIVE OAK
Distance 42.3 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 67 F
Apr Temp 55 to 82 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 59 to 83 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Valdosta, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bemiss (31605)

Clyattville (31601)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cecil 391 $43,125
Dasher 881 $64,167
Hahira 2,843 $59,500
Lake Park 1,070 $38,906
Morven 518 $26,339
Remerton 1,393 $24,044

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valdosta Public Libraries

South Georgia Regional Library System
Valdosta, Georgia
(229) 333-0086
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Valdosta Hospitals

(229) 671-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(229) 333-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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