Introduction to Vidalia, Georgia

Vidalia, Georgia, in Toombs county, is 77 miles W of Savannah, Georgia and 137 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida.

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.



Total Population10,627
Male Share of the Population42.7%
Female Share of the Population57.3%
Senior Citizens14%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population33


% of people married49.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.9%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$46,730
% Above Poverty Level77.2%
% Below Poverty Level22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%


People Living Alone30%
Median Gross Rent$579
Median House Value$106,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.9%
French Except Basque3.1%
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Vidalia Almanac

Nearest Medium City 77 miles W of Savannah, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City137 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida
County Toombs County
Standard Zip Codes30474
P.O. Box Zip Codes30475
Phone Area Codes912
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Vidalia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance9.3 miles
Jan Temp38 to 61 F
Apr Temp53 to 79 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip45.6 inches
Distance23.9 miles
Jan Temp39 to 61 F
Apr Temp53 to 80 F
Jul Temp71 to 94 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
Distance35.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 62 F
Apr Temp51 to 80 F
Jul Temp69 to 92 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip46.6 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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Mount Vernon2,003$37,266
Santa Claus270$36,375

Vidalia Public Libraries

Ohoopee Regional Library System
610 JACKSON STREET VIDALIA, GA 30474 (32.211365, -82.415046)
Vidalia, Georgia
(912) 537-9283

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Vidalia Hospitals

Meadows Regional Medical Center
One Meadows Parkway
(912) 535-5828
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Vidalia Public Schools

Vidalia City Alternative Educational Services
301 Adams St
Sally Dailey Meadows Elementary School
205 Waters Dr
(912) 537-4755
Total Enrollment 786
J. D. Dickerson Primary School
800 North St East
(912) 537-3421
Total Enrollment 568
Vidalia Comprehensive High School
1001 North St West
(912) 537-7931
Total Enrollment 671
J. R. Trippe Middle School
2200 Mcintosh St
(912) 537-3813
Total Enrollment 580

Vidalia Private Schools

Paul Anderson High School
1603 Mcitosh St
Total Enrollment 16
Alice Blount Academy
582 Mel Blount Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
Vidalia Heritage Academy
101 E 1st St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 108

Vidalia Colleges

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