Valdosta, GA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
145,315
0.519% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
32.1
0.313% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
24.1%
4.83% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$41,647
3.6% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$132,100
5.51% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
59,240
2.45% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Valdosta, GA had a population of 145k people with a median age of 32.1 and a median household income of $41,647. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Valdosta, GA grew from 144,564 to 145,315, a 0.519% increase and its median household income grew from $40,200 to $41,647, a 3.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Valdosta, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (34.5%), White (Hispanic) (3.48%), Other (Hispanic) (2.1%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.7%). 0% of the households in Valdosta, GA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98.3% 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) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,167 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Valdosta, GA was $132,100, and the homeownership rate was 56.2%. Most people in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Valdosta, GA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Valdosta, GA is home to a population of 145k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2019, 7.32% of Valdosta, GA residents were born outside of the country (10.6k people).

In 2019, there were 1.61 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (80.6k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 50.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.05k 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)
    80.6k ± 338
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    50.1k ± 394
  3. White (Hispanic)
    5.05k ± 548
6.29%
Hispanic Population
9.14k people

In 2019, there were 1.61 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (80.6k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 50.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.05k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.29% of the people in Valdosta, GA are hispanic (9.14k 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

7.32%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
10.6k people
4.06%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
5.87k people

As of 2019, 7.32% of Valdosta, GA residents (10.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Valdosta, GA was 4.06%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

32
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.6

In 2019, 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 40. But people in Valdosta, GA are getting getting older. In 2018, 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
    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

98.3%
2019 Citizenship
97.6%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.3% of Valdosta, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Valdosta, GA was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,716 ± 539
  2. Vietnam
    2,279 ± 249
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,656 ± 300

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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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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 $41,647. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Valdosta, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $112,108, followed by Fayette County, GA and Columbia County, GA, with respective values of $92,172 and $88,761.

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 59.2k people. The largest industries in Valdosta, GA are Retail Trade (9,057 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,989 people), and Educational Services (6,728 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,356), Educational Services ($41,779), and Information ($41,250).

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,647
2019 value
± $1,468
3.6%
1 Year Growth
± 4.88%

Households in Valdosta, GA have a median annual income of $41,647, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,200 in 2018, which represents a 3.6% 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.

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.
0.477
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)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Valdosta, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $112,108, followed by Fayette County, GA and Columbia County, GA, with respective values of $92,172 and $88,761.

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 Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Valdosta, GA (33.9k out of 141k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. 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
    17,835 ± 1,114
  2. White
    13,235 ± 914
  3. Hispanic
    3,067 ± 450

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

59.2k
2019 Value
± 2,040
2.45%
1 Year growth
± 4.68%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Valdosta, GA grew at a rate of 2.45%, from 57.8k employees to 59.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Valdosta, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,580 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,289 people), and Management Occupations (4,957 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 (7,580 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,289 people), and Management Occupations (4,957 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 (1.55 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.49 times), and Material Moving Occupations (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 ($71,579), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,458), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,083).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

59.2k
2019 Value
± 2,040
2.45%
1 Year growth
± 4.68%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Valdosta, GA grew at a rate of 2.45%, from 57.8k employees to 59.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Valdosta, GA, are Retail Trade (9,057 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,989 people), and Educational Services (6,728 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 (9,057 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,989 people), and Educational Services (6,728 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.72 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.37 times), and Public Administration (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,356), Educational Services ($41,779), and Information ($41,250).

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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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Georgia went to Donald J. Trump with 50.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (45.6%), followed by Gary Johnson (3.05%). The most partisan county was Glascock County, GA with 88.8% 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Georgia
50.8% 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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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 Johnny Isakson's resignation.

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 2019, universities in Valdosta, GA awarded 4,614 degrees. The student population of Valdosta, GA is skewed towards women, with 5,537 male students and 10,402 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Valdosta, GA are White (2,603 and 57.3%), followed by Black or African American (1,457 and 32.1%), Hispanic or Latino (311 and 6.84%), and Two or More Races (92 and 2.02%).

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA by number of degrees awarded are Valdosta State University (2,447 and 53%) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,167 and 47%).

The most popular majors in Valdosta, GA are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (293 and 6.35%), General Cosmetology (272 and 5.9%), and General Business Administration & Management (210 and 4.55%).

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. 153 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 229 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 218 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Valdosta, GA was Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor with 153 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Valdosta, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,447 degrees awarded
  2. 2,167 degrees awarded
$4,371
Median In-State Public

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

1,631
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,983
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,631 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Valdosta, GA, which is 0.547 times less than the 2,983 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
    2,603 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,457 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    311 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Valdosta, GA was White students. These 2,603 degrees mean that there were 1.79 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,457 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Valdosta, GA was $132,100 in 2019, which is 0.549 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $125,200 to $132,100, a 5.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Valdosta, GA is 56.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Valdosta, GA have an average commute time of 19.9 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

$132,100
2019 Median
± $4,159
$125,200
2018 Median
± $3,859

In 2019, the median property value in Valdosta, GA grew to to $132,100 from the previous year's value of $125,200.

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 $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$41,647
Median Household Income
± $1,468
52.9k
Number of Households
± 1,687

In 2019, the median household income of the 52.9k households in Valdosta, GA grew to $41,647 from the previous year's value of $40,200.

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

56.2%
2019 Homeownership
56.4%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 56.2% of the housing units in Valdosta, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 56.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Valdosta, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Valdosta, GA have a shorter commute time (19.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2% of the workforce in Valdosta, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (84.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.04%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.53%)

In 2019, 84.3% of workers in Valdosta, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.04%) and those who worked at home (2.53%).

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

84.6% of the population of Valdosta, GA has health coverage, with 40.2% on employee plans, 12.8% on Medicaid, 8.4% on Medicare, 17.2% on non-group plans, and 5.96% 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

15.4%
Uninsured
40.2%
Employer Coverage
12.8%
Medicaid
8.4%
Medicare
17.2%
Non-Group
5.96%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Valdosta, GA declined by 7.06% from 16.6% to 15.4%.

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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