A+ Valdosta Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Valdosta Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Georgia
Valdosta
8812% less expensive than the US average
Georgia
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Valdosta cost of living
F Valdosta Crime Total crime is 43% higher than Georgia
Total crime
4,15461% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2561% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-29%Year over year crime is down
Valdosta crime
F Valdosta Employment Household income is 39% lower than Georgia
Median household income
$31,19944% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,09036% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%59% higher than the US average
Valdosta employment
F Valdosta Housing Home value is 21% lower than Georgia
Median home value
$121,00034% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73223% lower than the US average
Home ownership
38%40% lower than the US average
Valdosta real estate or Valdosta rentals
F Valdosta Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Georgia
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
37%26% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:13% lower than the US average
Valdosta K-12 schools or Valdosta colleges

Living in Valdosta, GA

Valdosta is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Georgia. The city has a population of 56,717 people. Valdosta is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (44%) and Black or African American (51%). The median age of all Valdosta residents is 28, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Valdosta is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Georgia, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. With useful information like amenities, crime, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Valdosta and in the areas around Valdosta is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 64/100, Valdosta is ranked #18,928 in the United States and #320 in Georgia. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Valdosta ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and weather (A-). There are some categories that Valdosta scores poorly for, including: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Valdosta on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Wild Adventures Theme Park, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, and Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area.

Valdosta real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Valdosta. Median real estate prices in Valdosta come in at $121,000, which is 20.6% lower than the Georgia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Valdosta, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 30% higher than the Georgia average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Valdosta were 6.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 0.8%.

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      If you're ever in Valdosta Georgia and need counseling don't go to Pathway for Hope counseling. They are not there to help you only to get contracts from dfacs. Their privacy policy is none existent. They help dfacs build cases against their clients not help them. They are only concerned about the money not making a difference. If you need help go somewhere else.
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      Boring town for singles and young couples.

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      I'm active duty military and stationed here in Valdosta, GA. I've lived all over the country, and the world for that matter, and can honestly say that Valdosta is by far the worst placed I've ever lived. There is not much here. Having two Walmarts is this town's claim to fame/bragging rights. Here are a few reasons I don't enjoy Valdosta.

      Where do I start? Everyone here is slow and backwards. Stereotypical of a small town in the south. Based off of national income averages, 78% of Valdosta residents live below poverty. Car break-ins, home invasions, robbery and rape are riducously common here. Everyone is broke and jobs ARE NOT availible. There are more homeless people here (per capita) than anywhere else I've ever been. Being from Los Angeles, CA, thats saying A LOT! And almost every bum here is overweight.... how in the hell is that even possible? The nightlife hardly exist, music scene is dry, and the local mall is nothing to brag about. There is no culture here. Sweet tea and fried food is not culture. Also, racism is huge down here! I've heard the "N" word used more times in the last 2 years I've lived here than I ever heard in my entire life.

      The average income does not meet the cost of living. My electricity bill is almost double what I paid in other cities with the same amount of usage and a smaller house. There is only ONE digital cable provider in town, and they suck. Half the time my cable didn't work, and because they have no competition, they practically dared me to do something about it when I complained. I ended up having to go with a nationwide satellite television company to negate the poor service and customer care. Water bills are freakishly high as well. Suprising, seeing as how we are surrounded by lakes, rivers, ocean and live on top of natual springs. My water bills were cheaper in Tucson, AZ..... weird. EVERYTHING (except Walmart) closes at 5pm and NOTHING is open on Sundays (except Walmart). Blow a tire late Friday night, you might as well forget about it until Monday morning.... thats when the tire shop will finally open just to put your tire on order, then you have to wait a couple more days until it comes in. Thats Valdosta's economic status in a nut shell.

      The weather here is aweful. Hotter than you know what and always humid. It rains eveyday during summer and the lightning always causes power outages. Tornados and hurricans are a constant threat as well.

      The bugs are the worst by far. About 488,937 mosquitos per person and they aren't affraid of bug spray. Black widows, brown recluse, scorpions, hornets, ants, and any other poisonous insect you can think of are everywhere you look around here. Aligators and multiple poisonous snakes are extremely common as well. This place has the most creepy crawlys and critters I've ever seen.

      The roads here pretty much suck. Theres about 100 pot holes and sewer lids for every mile of road. People cant drive very well here either. Tons of old people/retirees. They just don't pay attention, nor do they MEET the speed limit. I'm no speedster, but going 25 in a 35 kind of kills me. I guess there is no sense of urgency here in this one horse town, and the driving here is proof of that.

      I think that pretty much sums up my dislikes about this town. Although I generally can't stand Valdosta, there are a couple good things about living here. I'll be fair and in this review and go over a few positive qualities Valdosta has to offer.

      History. This place has a lot of history and historical districts. I always thought that was kind of neat. Hunting and fishing is huge as well. Camping, boating, and national parks are close and convienent. Atlanta is about a 4 hour drive, and Jacksonville, FL is only about a 2 hour drive, and Orlando/Disney World is only 4-5 hours away. Plus, fairly close proximity to the ocean is always a plus. Lastely, If you're religous, then this place is Heaven. There is church of some sort (mostly Baptist), on almost every corner.
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      Source: The Valdosta, GA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).