Data & Resources

Access to accurate, up-to-date information is critical to making educated decisions. The HCDA understands businesses rely heavily on data as they seek to choose the best site for their location or expansion. The data below offers information for you to see all that Florida’s Front Porch has to offer and how we can help your business succeed.

Key Facts

The 30 minute region for Hamilton County is defined as the following counties: Columbia County, Florida; Hamilton County, Florida; Madison County, Florida; Suwannee County, Florida; Echols County, Georgia; Lowndes County, Georgia. All information unless otherwise noted is sourced from JobsEQ updated February 2020. 

Hamilton County Population


30 Minute Radius of Hamilton County Population


Percent of Population Ages 25-54 (30 Minute Region)


Prime Age Labor Force Participation Rate (30 Minute Region)


60 Minute Radius of Hamilton County Population


Population with Associate’s Degree or Higher (30 minute region)


Advanced Industry Employment (defined by Brookings Institute, 60 minute region)


Average Annual Wages (30 minute region)


Unemployment Rate (December 2019)


Private Sector Unionization Rate (30 minute region)


Manufacturing Sector Unionization Rate (30 minute region)


Median Age (30 minute region)


Cost of Living Compared to US Average


Median House Value (of owner occupied units)


Average Commute Time in Minutes (30 minute region)


Higher Education

Hamilton County offers six post-secondary educational institutions within 60 minutes of the county, with more than 20,000 enrolled students offering diplomas, degrees and certificates. Learn more about our education partners below.

Valdosta State University

  • Valdosta, Georgia – 33.3 miles
  • 11,341 students

North Florida Community College

  • Madison, Florida – 27.8 miles
  • 1,367 students

Wiregrasss Georgia Technical College

  • Valdosta, Georgia  – 39.1 miles
  • 3,936 students

RIVEROAK Technical College

  • Live Oak, Florida – 15.7 miles
  • 173 students

Florida Gateway College

  • Lake City, Florida – 29.7 miles
  • 3,292 students

Big Bend Technical College

  • Perry, Florida – 60 miles
  • 164 students

In the 60-minute region surrounding Hamilton County, there are six higher education institutions with more than 20,000 students enrolled awarding more than 6,100 certificates and degrees. 

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