Valdosta is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 56,457 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Valdosta is the 14th largest community in Georgia.
Valdosta is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Valdosta is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Valdosta who work in sales jobs (14.09%), office and administrative support (13.08%), and food service (8.74%).
Valdosta is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Valdosta enrolled in college, Valdosta has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Not only is Valdosta a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Valdosta is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Valdosta a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The percentage of people in Valdosta who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.74% of adults in Valdosta have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Valdosta in 2018 was $21,559, which is middle income relative to Georgia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,236 for a family of four. However, Valdosta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Valdosta also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.22% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Valdosta is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Valdosta home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Valdosta residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Valdosta include Irish, English, German, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Valdosta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.