Valdosta is the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 Census, Valdosta has a total population of 54,518, and is the 14th largest city in Georgia.
Valdosta is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2010, had a population of 139,588.
Valdosta is the home of Valdosta State University, a regional university in the University System of Georgia with over 13,000 students, and Valdosta High School, home to the winningest football program in the United States.
It is called the Azalea City as the plant grows in profusion there; the city hosts an annual Azalea Festival in March. South Georgia Pride Festival is the annual LGBTQ Pride Festival that is held in September at the John W. Saunders Park on River St in Valdosta.Wild Adventures, a 166 acre theme and water park, is located 5 miles from Valdosta in rural Lowndes County. Wild Adventures is owned by Herschend Family Entertainment.
According to a Bloomberg survey as of July 2014, Valdosta, GA has the highest shrinking population of any city in the United States of America. The survey came from several sources. Census Bureau documentation states that the estimates are based on data from several sources including birth and death records, information from the Internal Revenue Service, enrollment numbers from Medicare and Medicaid and personnel numbers from the Armed Services, according to the Census Bureau
Valdosta City Hall
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Location in Lowndes County and the state of Georgia
The Lowndes County Historical Society & Museum is located at the Carnegie Library of Valdosta, a National Register of Historic Places listed building and Carnegie library, one of 24 Carnegie Libraries in Georgia.