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 60 minute region for Hamilton County is defined as the following counties: Hamilton County, Baker County, Union County, Columbia County, Lafayette County, Madison County, Suwannee County, Taylor County, Florida as well as the Georgia counties of Brooks County, Clinch County, Cook County, Echols County, Lanier County and Lowndes County. All information unless otherwise noted is sourced from JobsEQ updated July 2021. 

Hamilton County Population


60 Minute Radius of Hamilton County Population


Labor Force Size Ages 25-54 (60 Minute Region)


Prime Age Labor Force Participation Rate (60 Minute Region)


Industrial Electricity Rate kwh (60 Minute Region)


Population with Associate’s Degree or Higher (60 Minute Region)


Advanced Industry Employment (defined by Brookings Institute, 60 Minute Region)


Annual Military Exits (60 Minute Region)


Average Annual Wages (60 Minute Region)


Private Sector Unionization Rate (60 Minute Region)


Manufacturing Sector Unionization Rate (60 Minute Region)


Median Age (60 Minute Region)


Cost of Living Compared to US Average


Median House Value (of owner occupied units)


Average Commute Time in Minutes (60 Minute Region)


Higher Education

Hamilton County offers six post-secondary educational institutions within 60 minutes, with nearly 21,000 enrolled students and awarding more than 3,100 degrees and certificates each year. Learn more about our education partners below.

Valdosta State University

  • Valdosta, Georgia – 33.3 miles
  • 11,211 students

North Florida College

  • Madison, Florida – 27.8 miles
  • 1,229 students

Wiregrasss Georgia Technical College

  • Valdosta, Georgia  – 39.1 miles
  • 4,773 students

RIVEROAK Technical College

  • Live Oak, Florida – 15.7 miles
  • 182students

Florida Gateway College

  • Lake City, Florida – 29.7 miles
  • 3,385 students

Big Bend Technical College

  • Perry, Florida – 60 miles
  • 202 students

In the 60-minute region surrounding Hamilton County, there are six higher education institutions with nearly 21,000 students enrolled awarding more than 6,300 certificates and degrees. 

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