Valdosta

Valdosta/Lowndes County

Valdosta is a southern Georgia City teeming with history and beauty. A great place to raise a family with the community feel that comes with normally small towns. Not only is it home to Moody Air Force Base, but also home to the growing Valdosta State University.

Valdosta’s history has been closely tied to the soil. The sandy loam allowed the city to become the inland capital for Sea Island cotton. When cotton crops were devastated by the boll weevil in the early 1900s, other crops such as pecans, peanuts, and tobacco rose in popularity.

Valdosta’s business district experienced tremendous growth from 1890 to the late 1920s, and most of the city’s historic public buildings were constructed around this time. The Valdosta Heritage foundation is dedicated to saving and restoring the remaining historic buildings, homes, and districts of the city. Valdosta now has three National Register Historic Districts–Downtown, Victorian Fairview, and Patterson Street.

Here are some of the reasons Valdosta is viewed as a great south Georgian community to live in:

  • Valdosta is the 11th largest city in Georgia.
  • Valdosta has a population is over 48,000.
  • Chosen by Relocate-America in 2008 and 2009 as one of the top 100 places to live.
  • Ranked 5th Highest MSA in the Nation in Property Value Retention in a June 2008 report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
  • Ranked 95th among the 179 best small places for business or careers in the United States by Forbes magazine in 2008.
  • Three time winner of the Magnolia Award given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs each year for the past six years, given for outstanding achievements in affordable housing.
  • Ranked 8th Best Place to Locate a Restaurant in the Nation by Restaurant Business News Magazine, according to a study by Claritas/Integras. Valdosta was the only Georgia city to rank within the top ten in 2007.
  • Rated 38th in emerging Metro Areas within the nation by Sperling’s Best Places in 2007.
  • Designated by Site Selection Magazine in 2006 and 2007 as the Governor’s Cup third place winner in America for tier-three MSAs (population under 200,000) for business location and existing industry expansion.
  • Chosen as “One of the 11 Great Places to Retire in the South” by Retirement Lifestyles Magazine in 2007 and featured again in the magazine’s Sept/Oct 2008 issue.
  • One of six cities in Georgia honored as a 2007 “Trendsetter” by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) for exceptional programs and outstanding performance in the category of Public Works for cities with a population of 20,000 to 80,000.
  • Became a certified Azalea City by the Azalea Society of America in 2007, a certification that compliments the beauty of our city and which must meet certain requirements and be renewed every five years.
  • The Valdosta High School Wildcat football team, which has won more games than any other high school in the nation, has given rise to the city’s nickname — “Winnersville.”