Valdosta, GA

Census Place

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Population
56,074
0.0678% 1-year growth
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
Median Age
28

Poverty Rate
33%

Median Household Income
$32,051
1.1% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$121,600
4.83% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
23,304
1.36% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Valdosta, GA had a population of 56.1k people with a median age of 28 and a median household income of $32,051. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Valdosta, GA grew from 56,036 to 56,074, a 0.0678% increase and its median household income grew from $31,701 to $32,051, a 1.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (51.7%), White (Non-Hispanic) (39.6%), White (Hispanic) (2.81%), Other (Hispanic) (1.88%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.82%). 0% of the households in Valdosta, GA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 97.4% of the residents in Valdosta, GA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA are Valdosta State University (2,447 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2018, the median property value in Valdosta, GA was $121,600, and the homeownership rate was 38.7%. Most people in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Valdosta, GA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Georgia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Georgia. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Georgia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Georgia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Lowndes County, GA went to Donald J. Trump with 57.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (39.8%), followed by Other (2.93%). The most partisan county was Glascock County, GA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are the senators currently representing the state of Georgia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Lowndes County, GA
57.2% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Georgia
  1. 88.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Georgia was Glascock County, GA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Georgia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Georgia

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Raphael Warnock
Senator from Georgia3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Jon Ossoff
Senator from Georgia2
Assumed office on January 20, 2021

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are the senators currently representing Georgia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Georgia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Georgia

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Georgia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Valdosta, GA is home to a population of 56.1k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2018, 4.08% of Valdosta, GA residents were born outside of the country (2.29k people).

In 2018, there were 1.31 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (29k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.2k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.57k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    29k ± 880
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    22.2k ± 872
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.57k ± 410
5.15%
Hispanic Population
2.89k people

In 2018, there were 1.31 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (29k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.2k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.57k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.15% of the people in Valdosta, GA are hispanic (2.89k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.08%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
2.29k people
3.73%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
2.09k people

As of 2018, 4.08% of Valdosta, GA residents (2.29k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Valdosta, GA was 3.73%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

28
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
35
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 7.8

In 2018, the median age of all people in Valdosta, GA was 28. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Valdosta, GA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Valdosta, GA residents was 28.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    246,708 ± 12,049 people
  2. India
    94,981 ± 7,532 people
  3. Korea
    42,867 ± 5,073 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 246,708 Georgia residents, followed by India with 94,981 and Korea with 42,867.

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Citizenship

97.4%
2018 Citizenship
97.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.4% of Valdosta, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Valdosta, GA was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,224 ± 339
  2. Vietnam
    750 ± 181
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    492 ± 139

Valdosta, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Valdosta, GA is $32,051. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Valdosta, GA was Census Tract 103.02 with a value of $80,000, followed by Census Tract 101.03 and Census Tract 107, with respective values of $70,119 and $60,189.

Males in Georgia have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,410. The income inequality in Georgia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Valdosta, GA employs 23.3k people. The largest industries in Valdosta, GA are Retail Trade (3,800 people), Educational Services (3,421 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,992 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($44,599), Public Administration ($36,917), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($36,328).

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,051
2018 value
± $2,202
1.1%
1 Year Growth
± 9.5%

Households in Valdosta, GA have a median annual income of $32,051, 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 $31,701 in 2017, which represents a 1.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,215
Average Male Salary in Georgia
± $1,246
$49,410
Average Female Salary in Georgia
± $863

In 2019, 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 in Georgia
  1. Asian
    $64,371 ± $3,992
  2. White
    $58,053 ± $1,010
  3. Two or More Races
    $45,559 ± $4,644

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Georgia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Valdosta, GA is from Georgia.
0.477
2019 Wage GINI in Georgia
0.478
2018 Wage GINI in Georgia

In 2019, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.199% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 107

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Valdosta, GA was Census Tract 103.02 with a value of $80,000, followed by Census Tract 101.03 and Census Tract 107, with respective values of $70,119 and $60,189.

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

33% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Valdosta, GA (17.8k out of 54k 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
    11,859 ± 940
  2. White
    5,031 ± 655
  3. Hispanic
    1,109 ± 300

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

23.3k
2018 Value
± 1,305
-1.36%
1 Year decline
± 7.93%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Valdosta, GA declined at a rate of -1.36%, from 23.6k employees to 23.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Valdosta, GA, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,427 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,983 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,025 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 Sales & Related Occupations (3,427 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,983 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,025 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 (1.5 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.5 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($106,359), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($52,143), and Management Occupations ($50,278).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

23.3k
2018 Value
± 1,305
-1.36%
1 Year decline
± 7.93%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Valdosta, GA declined at a rate of -1.36%, from 23.6k employees to 23.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Valdosta, GA, are Retail Trade (3,800 people), Educational Services (3,421 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,992 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 (3,800 people), Educational Services (3,421 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,992 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.7 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.59 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.54 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($44,599), Public Administration ($36,917), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($36,328).

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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. $64B
  2. $52.9B
  3. $50.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $64B, followed by Mixed freight ($52.9B) and Electronics ($50.2B).

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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$573B
2018 Value in Georgia
$1.16T
Projected 2045 Value in Georgia
103% growth

In 2018, total outbound Georgia trade was $573B. This is expected to increase 103% to $1.16T 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. $44.2B
  2. $27.4B
  3. $27.4B

In 2018, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $44.2B, followed by South Carolina with $27.4B and Alabama and $27.4B.

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

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Education

In 2019, universities in Valdosta, GA awarded 2,447 degrees. The student population of Valdosta, GA is skewed towards women, with 3,748 male students and 7,522 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Valdosta, GA are White (1,431 and 60%), followed by Black or African American (674 and 28.3%), Hispanic or Latino (147 and 6.16%), and Two or More Races (79 and 3.31%).

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA by number of degrees awarded are Valdosta State University (2,447 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Valdosta, GA are Teacher Education & Professional Development (134 and 5.48%), General Business Administration & Management (133 and 5.44%), and Registered Nursing (131 and 5.35%).

The median tuition costs in Valdosta, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,371 and $15,426 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 102 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 118 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 104 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Valdosta, GA was General Psychology with 102 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
2,447 degrees awarded
$4,371
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Valdosta, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Valdosta State University with 2,447 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

741
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,706
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 741 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Valdosta, GA, which is 0.434 times less than the 1,706 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Valdosta, GA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,431 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    674 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    147 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Valdosta, GA was White students. These 1,431 degrees mean that there were 2.12 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 674 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Valdosta, GA was $121,600 in 2018, which is 0.529 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $116,000 to $121,600, a 4.83% increase. The homeownership rate in Valdosta, GA is 38.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Valdosta, GA have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Valdosta, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$121,600
2018 Median
± $7,189
$116,000
2017 Median
± $5,941

In 2018, the median property value in Valdosta, GA grew to to $121,600 from the previous year's value of $116,000.

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

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$32,051
Median Household Income
± $2,202
20.8k
Number of Households
± 1,099

In 2018, the median household income of the 20.8k households in Valdosta, GA grew to $32,051 from the previous year's value of $31,701.

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

38.7%
2018 Homeownership
38.9%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 38.7% of the housing units in Valdosta, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 38.9%.

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

18.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Valdosta, GA have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.88% of the workforce in Valdosta, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (84.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.51%)
  3. Walked (2.51%)

In 2018, 84.8% of workers in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.51%) and those who walked to work (2.51%).

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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Health

82.4% of the population of Valdosta, GA has health coverage, with 39% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 6.96% on Medicare, 16.1% on non-group plans, and 4.46% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, GA see 1736 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.24% increase from the previous year (1698 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1864 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 584 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Telfair County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (25.8%). Additionally, Candler County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (53.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,736 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lowndes County, GA

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, GA see an average of 1,736 patients per year. This represents a 2.24% increase from the previous year (1,698 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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Georgia.
$6,587
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Georgia
$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

17.6%
Uninsured
39%
Employer Coverage
15.8%
Medicaid
6.96%
Medicare
16.1%
Non-Group
4.46%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Valdosta, GA declined by 5.38% from 18.6% to 17.6%.

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. 25.8% prevalence
  2. 25.5% prevalence
  3. 24.2% prevalence

Telfair County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 25.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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