Valdosta, GA

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Population

56,036

1.2% decline

Poverty Rate

32.2%


Median Age

27.6


Median Household Income

$31,701

1.61% growth

Number of Employees

23,626

0.71% decline

Median Property Value

$116,000

4.13% decline

About

In 2017, Valdosta, GA had a population of 56k people with a median age of 27.6 and a median household income of $31,701. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Valdosta, GA declined from 56,717 to 56,036, a -1.2% decrease and its median household income grew from $31,199 to $31,701, a 1.61% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (51.2%), White (Non-Hispanic) (41.1%), White (Hispanic) (2.83%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (1.73%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.52%). N/A% of the people in Valdosta, GA speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA are Valdosta State University (2,607 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Valdosta, GA is $116,000, and the homeownership rate is 38.9%. Most people in Valdosta, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18 minutes. The average car ownership in Valdosta, GA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Valdosta, GA employs 23.6k people. The largest industries in Valdosta, GA are Retail Trade (4,069 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,188 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,150 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,691), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($40,114), and Utilities ($35,952).

Median household income in Valdosta, GA is $31,701. Males in Valdosta, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Valdosta, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$31,701

2017 value

± $2,129

1.61%

1 Year Growth

± 8.72%

Households in Valdosta, GA have a median annual income of $31,701, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $31,199 in 2016, which represents a 1.61% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Valdosta, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 103.02

  2. Census Tract 101.03

  3. Census Tract 103.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Valdosta, GA was Census Tract 103.02 with a value of $79,063, followed by Census Tract 101.03 and Census Tract 103.01, with respective values of $64,549 and $55,250.

The following map shows all of the places in Valdosta, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

32.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Valdosta, GA (17.4k out of 53.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    10,942 ± 876

  2. White

    5,677 ± 654

  3. Hispanic

    1,097 ± 292

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Valdosta, GA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

23.6k

2017 Value

± 1,289

-0.71%

1 Year decline

± 7.91%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Valdosta, GA declined at a rate of -0.71%, from 23.8k employees to 23.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Valdosta, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,827 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,437 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,390 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,827 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,437 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,390 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.8 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.73 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($87,083), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($48,998), and Management Occupations ($45,574).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

23.6k

2017 Value

± 1,289

-0.71%

1 Year decline

± 7.91%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Valdosta, GA declined at a rate of -0.71%, from 23.8k employees to 23.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Valdosta, GA, are Retail Trade (4,069 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,188 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,150 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Valdosta, GA, though some of these residents may live in Valdosta, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Valdosta, GA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (4,069 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,188 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,150 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.75 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.62 times), and Retail Trade (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,691), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($40,114), and Utilities ($35,952).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $51.8B

  2. $36.9B

  3. $35.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $51.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.9B) and Electronics ($35.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$465B

2020 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

35.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Georgia trade was $465B. This is expected to increase 35.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $42.1B

  2. $27.8B

  3. $22.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $42.1B, followed by South Carolina with $27.8B and North Carolina and $22.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

81.4% of the population of Valdosta, GA has health coverage, with 37.7% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 7.02% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 4.75% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Valdosta, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Valdosta, GA see 1820 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.41% decrease from the previous year (1924 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1686 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 686 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,820 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, GA see an average of 1,820 patients per year. This represents a 5.41% decrease from the previous year (1,924 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lowndes County, GA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

18.6%

Uninsured

37.7%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

7.02%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

4.75%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Valdosta, GA declined by 3.26% from 19.2% to 18.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Valdosta, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

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Diversity

Valdosta, GA is home to a population of 56k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.73% of Valdosta, GA residents were born outside of the country (2.09k people).

In 2017, there were 1.24 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.7k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 23.1k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.59k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

27

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Valdosta, GA was 27.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Valdosta, GA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Valdosta, GA residents was 28.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.73%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.09k people

4.27%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.42k people

As of 2017, 3.73% of Valdosta, GA residents (2.09k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Valdosta, GA was 4.27%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Georgia residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Valdosta, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Valdosta, GA was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA

  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    28.7k ± 809

  2. White (Non-Hispanic)

    23.1k ± 804

  3. White (Hispanic)

    1.59k ± 467

In 2017, there were 1.24 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.7k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 23.1k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.59k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Valdosta, GA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,058 ± 265

  2. Vietnam

    764 ± 185

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    585 ± 162

Valdosta, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Valdosta, GA awarded 2,607 degrees. The student population of Valdosta, GA is skewed towards women, with 4,016 male students and 7,325 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Valdosta, GA are White (1,616 and 63.6%), followed by Black or African American (710 and 28%), Hispanic or Latino (95 and 3.74%), and Two or More Races (77 and 3.03%).

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA by number of degrees awarded are Valdosta State University (2,607 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Valdosta, GA are General Psychology (149 and 5.72%), Teacher Education & Professional Development (134 and 5.14%), and Registered Nursing (129 and 4.95%).

The median tuition costs in Valdosta, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,264 and $15,050 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 97 degrees awarded

  2. 128 degrees awarded

  3. 110 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Valdosta, GA was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 97 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Valdosta, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

2,607 degrees awarded

$4,264

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Valdosta, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Valdosta State University with 2,607 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

891

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,716

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 891 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Valdosta, GA, which is 0.519 times less than the 1,716 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,616 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    710 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    95 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Valdosta, GA were to White students. These 1,616 degrees mean that there were 2.28 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 710 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Valdosta, GA was $116,000 in 2017, which is 0.505 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $121,000 to $116,000, a 4.13% decrease. The homeownership rate in Valdosta, GA is 38.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Valdosta, GA have an average commute time of 18 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Valdosta, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$116,000

2017 Median

± $5,941

$121,000

2016 Median

± $6,416

In 2017, the median property value in Valdosta, GA declined from to $116,000 from the previous year's value of $121,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Valdosta, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Valdosta, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$31,701

Median Household Income

± $2,129

21.1k

Number of Households

± 1,123

In 2017, the median household income of the 21.1k households in Valdosta, GA grew to $31,701 from the previous year's value of $31,199.

The following chart displays the households in Valdosta, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Valdosta, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Valdosta, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

38.9%

2017 Homeownership

38%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 38.9% of the housing units in Valdosta, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 38%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Valdosta, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Valdosta, GA have a shorter commute time (18 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.77% of the workforce in Valdosta, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.2%

  2. Carpooled

    8.29%

  3. Walked

    2.57%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Valdosta, GA was Drove Alone (85.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.29%) and those who Walked (2.57%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Valdosta, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Valdosta, GA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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