Valdosta, a town in Georgia, has a population of just under 56,000. Young adults aged 15-24 make up a greater percentage of the population here (25%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find no shortage of peers, while middle-aged professionals appear in smaller numbers. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just under 34, skews decidedly younger than most cities in Georgia. Home ownership is less common than renting in the area, and 40% of residents own their homes. With a relatively reasonable average rent of $762 a month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Georgia. Each month, renters in Valdosta will pay around $212 less compared to the state average.
There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Valdosta. The four most common are retail, entertainment, healthcare, and education. Combined, these industries make up 25% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, making it the top profession in the city. Valdosta workers earn an average annual income of about $46,000, less than the Georgia average. Valdosta's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Among residents older than 25 in Valdosta, 14% have earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 20 minutes, outperforming most cities in the state, Valdosta residents have found that getting to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving is the most common mode of getting to work, opted for by 40% of commuters, while public transit isn't extensively used. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.