4:52pm, August 15, 2006
The U.S. Census Bureau shows the Hispanic population to have risen by over 45 percent over the last five years, and they're choosing to move to the Peach State.
Mariella Qqueilar and Valentin Churasa are both immigrating to America in search of the American dream.
"I want to increase my knowledge. I want to learn more English. I think English is peek in the world. After that I hope to find something much better."
Aqueilar says she comes here for more opportunity, especially for work, and she's not the only one.
"I like Valdosta because it's close to Florida, different weather, you know."
"I like the people; the people are so friendly."
Churasa said, "I like real good experiences. I have good friends, nice quiet town. Nice people. Nice people, above everything."
So whether it's the charm of the people or the warm temperature, people from all over the world are calling south Georgia home.
Valdosta State University administrators say they've seen many of their international students coming back to live in Valdosta after they've finish their education.