Valdosta, GA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
146,462
0.789% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
32.1
0% 1-year change
2020 Poverty Rate
23.1%
4.06% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$43,859
5.31% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$137,300
3.94% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
60,235
1.68% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Valdosta, GA had a population of 146k people with a median age of 32.1 and a median household income of $43,859. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Valdosta, GA grew from 145,315 to 146,462, a 0.789% increase and its median household income grew from $41,647 to $43,859, a 5.31% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (54.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (34.8%), White (Hispanic) (2.94%), Other (Hispanic) (2.33%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.3%).

None of the households in Valdosta, GA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.1% of the residents in Valdosta, GA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA are Valdosta State University (2,550 degrees awarded in 2020) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,031 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Valdosta, GA was $137,300, and the homeownership rate was 55.8%. Most people in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Valdosta, GA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Valdosta, GA is home to a population of 146k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 3.57% of Valdosta, GA residents were born outside of the country (5.23k people).

In 2020, there were 1.57 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (80k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.3k 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. White (Non-Hispanic)
    80k ± 416
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    51k ± 518
  3. White (Hispanic)
    4.3k ± 653
6.48%
Hispanic Population
9.5k people

In 2020, there were 1.57 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (80k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.3k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.48% of the people in Valdosta, GA are hispanic (9.5k 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

3.57%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
5.23k people
3.24%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
4.71k people

As of 2020, 3.57% of Valdosta, GA residents (5.23k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Valdosta, GA was 3.24%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

32
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.3

In 2020, the median age of all people in Valdosta, GA was 32.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Valdosta, GA are getting staying the same age. In 2019, the average age of all Valdosta, GA residents was 32.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    234,298 ± 11,751 people
  2. India
    98,606 ± 7,673 people
  3. Jamaica
    44,462 ± 5,166 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 234,298 Georgia residents, followed by India with 98,606 and Jamaica with 44,462.

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Citizenship

98.1%
2020 Citizenship
98.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.1% of Valdosta, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Valdosta, GA was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,723 ± 632
  2. Vietnam
    2,246 ± 310
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,586 ± 278

Valdosta, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Georgia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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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.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Georgia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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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Economy

Median household income in Valdosta, GA is $43,859. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Valdosta, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $112,834, followed by Oconee County, GA and Fayette County, GA, with respective values of $95,064 and $93,777.

Males in Georgia have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,276. The income inequality in Georgia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Valdosta, GA employs 60.2k people. The largest industries in Valdosta, GA are Retail Trade (9,178 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,078 people), and Educational Services (6,426 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,650), Wholesale Trade ($47,726), and Transportation & Warehousing ($45,474).

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,859
2020 value
± $1,799
5.31%
1 Year Growth
± 5.14%

Households in Valdosta, GA have a median annual income of $43,859, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,647 in 2019, which represents a 5.31% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$69,082
Average Male Salary in Georgia
± $1,257
$51,276
Average Female Salary in Georgia
± $897

In 2020, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $68,689 ± $4,099
  2. White
    $60,077 ± $1,041
  3. Two or More Races
    $48,607 ± $3,907

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Georgia.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Valdosta, GA is from Georgia.
0.476
2020 Wage GINI in Georgia
0.477
2019 Wage GINI in Georgia

In 2020, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.302% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Valdosta, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $112,834, followed by Oconee County, GA and Fayette County, GA, with respective values of $95,064 and $93,777.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Valdosta, GA (32.8k out of 142k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. 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
    17,784 ± 1,191
  2. White
    11,561 ± 917
  3. Hispanic
    3,642 ± 550

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

60.2k
2020 Value
± 2,167
1.68%
1 Year growth
± 4.9%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Valdosta, GA grew at a rate of 1.68%, from 59.2k employees to 60.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Valdosta, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,614 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,473 people), and Management Occupations (4,771 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 (8,614 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,473 people), and Management Occupations (4,771 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.92 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.57 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (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 ($85,167), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,145), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($54,589).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

60.2k
2020 Value
± 2,167
1.68%
1 Year growth
± 4.9%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Valdosta, GA grew at a rate of 1.68%, from 59.2k employees to 60.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Valdosta, GA, are Retail Trade (9,178 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,078 people), and Educational Services (6,426 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 (9,178 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,078 people), and Educational Services (6,426 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.7 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.38 times), and Public Administration (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,650), Wholesale Trade ($47,726), and Transportation & Warehousing ($45,474).

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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. $68.9B
  2. $63.5B
  3. $51.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $68.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($63.5B) and Electronics ($51.2B).

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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$626B
2020 Value in Georgia
$1.3T
Projected 2050 Value in Georgia
108% growth

In 2020, total outbound Georgia trade was $626B. This is expected to increase 108% to $1.3T by 2050.

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. $57.7B
  2. $34B
  3. $30.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $57.7B, followed by Tennessee with $34B and North Carolina and $30.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Georgia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 49.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (49.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.24%). The most partisan county was Brantley County, GA with 90.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock 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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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Georgia
49.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Georgia
  1. 90.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 89.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 88.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Georgia was Brantley County, GA with 90.3% 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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Jon Ossoff
Senator from Georgia2
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Raphael Warnock
Senator from Georgia3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Elected to the seat to succeed Kelly Loeffler, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of Johnny Isakson.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock 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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Education

In 2020, universities in Valdosta, GA awarded 4,581 degrees. The student population of Valdosta, GA is skewed towards women, with 5,219 male students and 10,794 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Valdosta, GA are White (2,607 and 57.7%), followed by Black or African American (1,464 and 32.4%), Hispanic or Latino (285 and 6.31%), and Two or More Races (103 and 2.28%).

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA by number of degrees awarded are Valdosta State University (2,550 and 55.7%) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,031 and 44.3%).

The most popular majors in Valdosta, GA are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (208 and 4.54%), General Cosmetology (184 and 4.02%), and General Business Administration & Management (184 and 4.02%).

The median tuition cost in Valdosta, GA for a public four year colleges is $4,371 for in-state students and $15,426 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 107 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 119 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 107 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Valdosta, GA was Organizational Leadership with 107 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
  1. 2,550 degrees awarded
  2. 2,031 degrees awarded
$4,371
Median In-State Public

In 2020, the Valdosta, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Valdosta State University with 2,550 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

1,754
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,827
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 1,754 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Valdosta, GA, which is 0.62 times less than the 2,827 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex 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
    2,607 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,464 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    285 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Valdosta, GA was White students. These 2,607 degrees mean that there were 1.78 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,464 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Valdosta, GA was $137,300 in 2020, which is 0.597 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $132,100 to $137,300, a 3.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Valdosta, GA is 55.8%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Valdosta, GA have an average commute time of 20.4 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

$137,300
2020 Median
± $4,392
$132,100
2019 Median
± $4,159

In 2020, the median property value in Valdosta, GA grew to to $137,300 from the previous year's value of $132,100.

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 $125k - $150k 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.
$43,859
Median Household Income
± $1,799
54.5k
Number of Households
± 1,974

In 2020, the median household income of the 54.5k households in Valdosta, GA grew to $43,859 from the previous year's value of $41,647.

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

55.8%
2020 Homeownership
56.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 55.8% of the housing units in Valdosta, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 56.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Valdosta, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Valdosta, GA have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.87% of the workforce in Valdosta, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (82.8%)
  2. Carpooled (9.26%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.91%)

In 2020, 82.8% of workers in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.26%) and those who worked at home (2.91%).

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 false.

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Health

84.7% of the population of Valdosta, GA has health coverage, with 40.9% on employee plans, 11.9% on Medicaid, 8.99% on Medicare, 17.5% on non-group plans, and 5.43% 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 Georgia see 1508 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.31% decrease from the previous year (1528 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1921 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 691 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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1,508 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Georgia

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,508 patients per year. This represents a 1.31% decrease from the previous year (1,528 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Georgia 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

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$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

15.3%
Uninsured
40.9%
Employer Coverage
11.9%
Medicaid
8.99%
Medicare
17.5%
Non-Group
5.43%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Valdosta, GA declined by 0.816% from 15.4% to 15.3%.

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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