Lowndes County (pronounced Lounds) is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created December 23, 1825. As of 2000, the population was 92,115; the 2007 Census estimates show a population of 101,790 The county seat is Valdosta.
It is the largest county in the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The county is a major commercial, educational, and manufacturing center of south Georgia with considerable forest products including pulpwood and naval stores, such as turpentine and rosin. Part of Grand Bay, a swamp is located in Lowndes County.
There were 32,654 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% were married couples living together, 15.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 15.10% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 18.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,132, and the median income for a family was $41,580. Males had a median income of $28,411 versus $20,755 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,683. About 13.90% of families and 18.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.80% of those under age 18 and 17.30% of those age 65 or over.
Within Lowndes County is the Lowndes County School System, which serves those outside the city limits of Valdosta, and the Valdosta School System which serves the City of Valdosta.
Lowndes County has four high schools, two public, and two private. Lowndes High School has won 5 Georgia High School Association championships in football, including 3 in a 4 year span from 2004 and 2007. The Valdosta Wildcats of Valdosta High School are the winningest high school football program in America with 838 wins as of the conclusion of the 2007 season, as well as 23 Georgia state titles and 6 national titles. The two private high schools, Valwood and Georgia Christian, are two smaller schools located in Lowndes County.