Valdosta, GA (population: 50,660) has two bookkeeping schools within its city limits. Valdosta State University, the highest ranked school in the city with a bookkeeping program, has a total student population of 12,391. It is the 432nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
Bookkeeping students from Valdosta schools who go on to become bookkeepers, bookkeeping clerks, accounting managers, accounting officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,757,870 people working as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,750. Also, Accountants and auditors make on average $67,430 per year and there are about 1,106,980 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Valdosta area alone, there are 260 employed accountants and auditors earning an average salary of $56,220. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in this area earn $28,580/yr and there are 780 employed.
Valdosta lies in Lowndes county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Valdosta area has 53,240 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,640 average annual salary. Thus, about 15 out of every 1000 jobs in Valdosta are held by bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, and 5/1000 are held by accountants and auditors.
Of the 2 bookkeeping schools in Valdosta, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Valdosta State University comes out as the most expensive ($13,221/yr) for bookkeeping students, with Valdosta Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,362/yr.