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Overview

Introduction to Savannah, Georgia

The city of Savannah, Georgia, county seat of Chatham County, is situated at the mouth of the Savannah River, near the South Carolina border. Interstate I-95 runs west of the city, while Interstates I-16 and I-516 run through it. Savannah is also serviced by U.S. Routes 17 and 80; and by Georgia State Highway 21. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is located just west of the city.

The recorded history of Savannah began in 1733; the same year in which General James Oglethorpe and 120 settlers landed their ship on a bluff high along the Savannah River to found the American colony of Georgia, named after England's King George II. Savannah became the first city of this new colony, whose mission was to offer a new start for England's working poor and to strengthen the colonies by increasing trade. Oglethorpe's friendship with the local Yamacraw Indian chief, Tomochichi, paved the way towards the peaceful settlement of Savannah and the early flourishing of the town. In later years, Savannah's rich soil and favorable climate led to a significant cotton and rice industry, and the subsequent invention of the cotton gin turned the city into a prosperous commercial port. The Civil War brought economic hardship to the city, which became the target of devastating blockades and eventual capture by Union forces. Post-war reconstruction spawned a rebirth of the cotton industry, which would later be devastated once again; this time by the boll weevils during the Depression years. The city was able to recoup and bounce back again during the post-World War II era, not only economically but also culturally and aesthetically. A significant initiative was undertaken to preserve and restore the city's historic structures and beautiful architecture. Today, thousands of people flock to Savannah annually to take in its ornate ironwork, fountains and green squares. The city has become one of the country's most popular vacation spots.

Savannah Attractions

The beauty of Savannah is reflected not only in its dazzling architecture but also in the many artistic and cultural options it offers. One of the nation's oldest public museums is the Telfair Museum of Art, which is only a short walk from the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, the historic King-Tisdell Cottage, and the birthplace of Girls Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. Other notable sites in the city include the following:

  • Fort Pulaski National Monument
  • Isaiah Davenport House Museum
  • Massie Heritage Center
  • Old Fort Jackson
  • Savannah History Museum
  • Savannah Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center
  • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
  • Colonial Park Cemetery
  • The Roundhouse Railroad Museum

Every spring Savannah hosts the Savannah Music Festival, one of the nation's most distinctive musical arts events. The Festival, which lasts two weeks, draws tens of thousands and features 100 world-class musical events staged in a variety of venues throughout the city's historic district. Sports fans will note that Savannah is home to the Savannah Sand Gnats, a minor league baseball Class A farm team affiliated with the New York Mets. The Sand Gnats play in the city's Grayson Stadium, and are members of the South Atlantic League.

People

Total Population 142,919
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 61,017
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 30.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.8%
Median Earnings25+ $26,488
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,935
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,296

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,365
% Above Poverty Level 73.5%
% Below Poverty Level 26.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $905
Median House Value $142,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.2%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 6.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Savannah Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 126 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida
County Chatham
Metro Area Savannah
Standard Zip Codes 31322, 31401, 31404, 31405, 31406, 31407, 31408, 31410, 31411, 31415, 31419, 31421
P.O. Box Zip Codes 31402, 31403, 31409, 31412, 31414, 31416, 31418, 31420, 31498, 31499
Phone Area Codes 912
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.094
Longitude -81.1

Savannah Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SAVANNAH MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 60 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 56 to 78 F
Annual Precip 49.5 inches
Station HILTON HEAD
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 74 F
Jul Temp 73 to 88 F
Oct Temp 57 to 76 F
Annual Precip 52.5 inches
Station FORT STEWART
Distance 35 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 54 to 80 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Savannah, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Garden Cty (31405, 31408, 31415, 31418)

State College (31404)

Village Station (31411)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bloomingdale 2,746 $51,094
Garden City 8,966 $34,473
Pooler 21,400 $75,767
Port Wentworth 6,619 $69,217
Rincon 9,487 $77,039
Thunderbolt 2,594 $52,197

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Savannah Public Libraries

Library
Chatham-effingham-liberty Regional Library Sy
2002 BULL STREET
Savannah, Georgia
(912) 652-3600
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Savannah Hospitals

MEMORIAL HEALTH UNIV MED CEN, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
4700 WATERS AVENUE
(912) 350-8515
Emergency Service: Yes

CANDLER HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
5353 REYNOLDS ST
(912) 692-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

ST JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL - SAVANNAH
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
11705 MERCY BLVD
(912) 925-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Savannah High Schools

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WINDSOR FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
12419 LARGO DRIVE
912-961-3400
Serves 1,708 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

JENKINS HIGH SCHOOL
1800 EAST DERENNE AVENUE
912-303-6300
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,690 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
3001 HOPKINS STREET
912-201-5330
A Title I School.
Serves 1,283 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
3012 SUNSET BLVD
912-303-6400
Serves 1,210 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

SAVANNAH HIGH SCHOOL
400 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
912-201-5050
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 979 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

LOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
15 BLUE RIDGE AVENUE
912-303-6380
A Title I School.
Serves 594 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

SAVANNAH ARTS ACADEMY
500 WASHINGTON AVENUE
912-201-5000
A Charter School.
Serves 547 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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Historic Savannah

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County court house between 1890 and 1901

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County court house between 1890 and 1901

Savannah (Pulaski House) between 1900 and 1920

Christ Church c1902.

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