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Overview

Introduction to Vidalia, Georgia

Vidalia, Georgia, in Toombs county, is 77 miles W of Savannah, Georgia and 137 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida. The city has a population of 10,491.

Vidalia History

Vidalia is located in the heart of what was once the famous wiregrass section of Georgia. It became a town when the area was made accessible by the Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railroad. There are some discrepancies in the records of how the town got its name. According to some sources, Vidalia was named after Jose Vidal, a Spanish army officer. However, it is now believed that the community was actually named in honor of the daughter of Sam Hawkins, the president and principal owner of the S. A. & M. railroad, Vidalia Hawkins. Vidalia has been known as the "Sweet Onion Capital of the World" ever since Mose Coleman grew the area's first sweet onions in 1931.

Vidalia and nearby Attractions

  • Vidalia City Hall
  • Altama Museum of Art & History
  • Vidalia Presbyterian Church
  • Twin Lakes
  • Brice Square Shopping Center

Things To Do In Vidalia

For more information on the area and its history, one can visit the Vidalia City Hall and the Vidalia-Toombs County Library. The Altama Museum of Art and History is in the historic Brazell House. It showcases exhibits, including a large porcelain collection. In addition, the city also hosts the Vidalia Onion Festival every April.

Vidalia Transportation

Savannah/ Hilton Head International is the nearest major airport.

Vidalia Higher Education

The Southeastern Technical College is the local institute of higher learning. Georgia Southern University and the Georgia College and State University also offer courses in higher education.

People

Total Population 10,627
Male Share of the Population 42.7%
Female Share of the Population 57.3%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 4,090
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,730
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $579
Median House Value $106,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.9%
US/American 0%
English 14.5%
Irish 6.4%

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

Vidalia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 77 miles W of Savannah, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida
County Toombs
Standard Zip Codes 30474
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30475
Phone Area Codes 912
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.217
Longitude -82.413

Vidalia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station AILEY
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 53 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches
Station METTER
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 61 F
Apr Temp 53 to 80 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Station SURRENCY 2 WNW
Distance 35.1 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 62 F
Apr Temp 51 to 80 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Center (30474)

Charles (30474)

Kibbee (30474)

Normantown (30474)

Petross (30474)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ailey 671 $66,528
Alston 152 $56,250
Higgston 429 $33,750
Lyons 4,362 $26,778
Mount Vernon 2,003 $37,266
Santa Claus 270 $36,375

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

Vidalia Public Libraries

Library
Ohoopee Regional Library System
610 JACKSON STREET
Vidalia, Georgia
(912) 537-9283
Library Web Site

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Vidalia Hospitals

MEADOWS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1703 MEADOWS LN
(912) 537-8921
Emergency Service: Yes

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Vidalia High Schools

VIDALIA COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL
1001 NORTH STREET
912-537-7931
Serves 694 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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