Economic Development

Positioned for growth

  • Valdosta is Georgia’s 14th largest city and is the economic engine of South Georgia and North Florida.

  • Valdosta (pop. 58,000) is the county seat for Lowndes County (pop. 110,000) and home to a growing business climate. 

  • Valdosta has a population density of over 1,500 people per square mile.

  • Valdosta grew by 26% in the past Census and continues to grow today.

  • Valdosta is also the hub for the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)--which includes Brooks, Echols, Lanier and Lowndes Counties--grew over 13 percent in the past Census and serves a 15-17 county region.

  • The south Georgia city is home to progressive ideas, a proactive government, low taxes, multiple market niches, temperate weather, and a high quality of life, all centrally positioned equidistant between Atlanta, Ga. (228 mi.) and Orlando, Fla. (216 mi.).  

  • Valdosta’s millage rate remains one of the lowest in the state at 7.95 mills.

  • Valdosta has an internationally-accredited, state-certified, nationally-renowned Police Department and has experienced crime reduction from 2000-2016 in all major categories, despite population growth of over 13,000.

  • Valdosta in located directly on Interstate 75, with five interstate exits, 46,000 daily vehicles and 16.7 million annual vehicles passing through the city. Valdosta is also fortunate to have U.S. 41 and U.S. 84 running through the city, both with over 35,000 vehicles a day, as well as other state routes and major thoroughfares.

  • Valdosta has local commercial corridors such as Norman Drive, St. Augustine Road, and N. Valdosta Road, each with between 20,000 and 32,000 daily vehicles.

Community Investments

Valdosta serves as the economic, service, professional, retail, health care and tourism hub for a 15-17 county region. View our Community Investments.  

Camera-Ready Community

Valdosta is Camera Ready!

Largest Area Employers

View our areas Top 20 Largest Employers.

Helpful Links

Georgia Grown Trail 37
Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority
Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center & Tourism Authority

Valdosta Map




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