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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population56,717
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens10.8%
Employed Population 16+24,437
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married32.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.3%
Median Earnings25+$26,624
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,363
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,409

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,603
% Above Poverty Level66.3%
% Below Poverty Level33.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone34.3%
Median Gross Rent$732
Median House Value$121,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55.6%
Irish6.3%
English5.4%
German5.4%
Italian1.5%
African1.4%
Scottish1.3%
French Except Basque1%
Polish0.6%
Dutch0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Jamaican0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Arab0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Valdosta Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lowndes County
Standard Zip Codes31602, 31605, 31606, 31601
P.O. Box Zip Codes31603, 31604
Company Zip Codes31698
Phone Area Codes229
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude30.87
Approximate Longitude-83.34

Valdosta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationQUITMAN 2 NW
Distance18.2 miles
Jan Temp38 to 62 F
Apr Temp52 to 79 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip53 inches
StationHOMERVILLE 5 N
Distance33.3 miles
Jan Temp35 to 62 F
Apr Temp49 to 79 F
Jul Temp67 to 93 F
Oct Temp51 to 80 F
Annual Precip52.8 inches
StationLIVE OAK
Distance42.3 miles
Jan Temp43 to 67 F
Apr Temp55 to 82 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp59 to 83 F
Annual Precip52.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cecil351$42,500
Dasher903$67,500
Hahira2,877$58,462
Lake Park905$36,667
Morven539$36,250
Remerton1,245$21,750

Valdosta Public Libraries

South Georgia Regional Library
300 WOODROW WILSON DRIVE
Valdosta, Georgia
(229) 333-0086

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Valdosta Hospitals

Greenleaf Center
2209 Pineview Drive
South Georgia Medical Center
2501 North Patterson Street, Po Box 1727
23rd Medical Group - Moody Afb
(Government - Federal)
3278 Mitchell Blvd
(229) 257-4211

Valdosta Public Schools

Clyattville Elementary School
5386 Madison Hwy
ZIP: 31601
(229) 559-7062
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
J. L. Lomax Elementary School
1450 Howell Rd
ZIP: 31601
(229) 333-8520
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Lowndes High School
1606 Norman Dr
ZIP: 31601
(229) 245-2260
High
Total Enrollment 2911
Lowndes Middle School
2379 Copeland Rd
ZIP: 31601
(229) 245-2280
Middle
Total Enrollment 868
Moulton-branch Elementary School
5725 Inner Perimeter Rd
ZIP: 31601
(229) 245-2294
Primary
Total Enrollment 668
Pinevale Elementary School
930 Lake Park Rd
ZIP: 31601
(229) 333-8535
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
S.l. Mason Elementary School
813 W Gordon St
ZIP: 31601
(229) 333-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 978
Westside Elementary School
2470 James Rd
ZIP: 31601
(229) 245-2289
Primary
Total Enrollment 914
Newbern Middle School
2015 E Park Ave
ZIP: 31602
(229) 333-8566
Middle
Total Enrollment 808
Nunn Elementary School
2201 N Forrest St
ZIP: 31602
(229) 333-8575
Primary
Total Enrollment 1149
Valdosta Early College Academy
1605 Azalea Dr
ZIP: 31602
(229) 333-8500
Valdosta High School
3101 N Forrest St
ZIP: 31602
(229) 333-8540
High
Total Enrollment 2037
Valdosta Middle School
110 Burton St
ZIP: 31602
(229) 333-8555
Middle
Total Enrollment 896
Dewar Elementary
3539 Mount Zion Church Rd
ZIP: 31605
(229) 219-1370
Primary
Total Enrollment 705
Pine Grove Elemetary School
4175 River Rd
ZIP: 31605
(229) 245-2297
Primary
Total Enrollment 796
Pine Grove Middle School
4159 River Rd
ZIP: 31605
(229) 219-3234
Middle
Total Enrollment 723
Sallas Mahone Elementary
3686 Lake Laurie Dr
ZIP: 31605
(229) 333-8530
Primary
Total Enrollment 1071

Valdosta Private Schools

Georgia Christian School
4359 Dasher Rd
ZIP: 31601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 158
Highland Christian Academy
2206 E Hill Ave
ZIP: 31601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 155
Victory Christian School
3229 Madison Hwy
ZIP: 31601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Crossroads Baptist School
3001 Country Club Dr
ZIP: 31602
Elementary
Total Enrollment 147
St John Catholic School
800 Gornto Rd
ZIP: 31602
Elementary
Total Enrollment 177
Lighthouse Christian School
4565 Bemiss Rd
ZIP: 31605
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 40
One Way Christian Academy
3909 Bemiss Rd
ZIP: 31605
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 11
Open Bible Christian School
3992 N Oak Street Ext
ZIP: 31605
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 262
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