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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Valdosta is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.99%), office and administrative support (14.44%), and food service (9.87%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Valdosta, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
In addition, Valdosta is a college town. There are a lot of students in Valdosta attending college, and as a result Valdosta provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
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 17.86 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of Valdosta citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.42% of adults in Valdosta have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Valdosta in 2010 was $17,769, which is middle income relative to Georgia, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,076 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 33.35% 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 Gujarathi.