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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,674
Male Share of the Population43.4%
Female Share of the Population56.6%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+4,005
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married47.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.3%
Median Earnings25+$27,732
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,944
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,618

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,276
% Above Poverty Level72.1%
% Below Poverty Level27.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone32.1%
Median Gross Rent$549
Median House Value$110,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52%
English12.3%
Irish6.5%
German3.7%
French Except Basque2.5%
Polish1.1%
Italian0.9%
African0.7%
Scottish0.7%
Norwegian0.5%
Dutch0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Russian0.1%
Czech0.1%
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Vidalia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Toombs County
Standard Zip Codes30474
P.O. Box Zip Codes30475
Phone Area Codes912
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.21
Approximate Longitude-82.4

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)

StationAILEY
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
StationMETTER
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
StationSURRENCY 2 WNW
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ailey610$84,792
Alston154$59,375
Higgston433$39,375
Lyons4,364$24,636
Mount Vernon2,311$40,517
Santa Claus221$36,667

Vidalia Public Libraries

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

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Vidalia Hospitals

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

Vidalia Public Schools

J. R. Trippe Middle School
2200 Mcintosh St
ZIP: 30474
(912) 537-3813
Middle
Total Enrollment 541
Sally Dailey Meadows Elementary School
205 Waters Dr
ZIP: 30474
(912) 537-4755
Primary
Total Enrollment 763
Vidalia Comprehensive High School
1001 North St W
ZIP: 30474
(912) 537-7931
High
Total Enrollment 713
J. D. Dickerson Primary School
800 North St E
ZIP: 30474
(912) 537-3421
Primary
Total Enrollment 554

Vidalia Private Schools

Paul Anderson High School
1603 Mcitosh St
ZIP: 30474
Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
Alice Blount Academy
582 Mel Blount Rd
ZIP: 30474
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
Vidalia Heritage Academy
101 E 1st St
ZIP: 30474
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 108
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