Valdosta is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 55,724 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 office and administrative support (13.86%), sales jobs (13.43%), and food service (11.31%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Valdosta, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Valdosta provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Valdosta spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.28 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The overall education level of Valdosta is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.27% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Valdosta in 2010 was $17,661, which is middle income relative to Georgia, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $70,644 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 35.02% 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 German, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Valdosta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.