Valdosta is the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. It is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 54,518.As of the 2000 Census the city had a total population of 43,724. The 2010 estimate showed a population of 139,588 in the Valdosta metropolitan area and as of the 2000 census, the estimate showed a population of 130,170 in the Valdosta metropolitan area. Valdosta is the home of Valdosta State University, a regional university in the University System of Georgia with over 12,000 students, and Valdosta High School, home to the winningest football program in the United States. The Lowndes County Historical Society & Museum is located at the Valdosta Carnegie library building, one of only 24 Carnegie Libraries in Georgia.