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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population144,717
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+63,227
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married30.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.7%
Median Earnings25+$26,634
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,910
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,707

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,670
% Above Poverty Level74.6%
% Below Poverty Level25.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.2%
% Using Public Transportation4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone34.5%
Median Gross Rent$913
Median House Value$145,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57.2%
Irish7.3%
German6.5%
English5.3%
Italian2.6%
African1.7%
Scottish1.5%
French Except Basque1.4%
Polish1.2%
Dutch0.6%
Russian0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Swedish0.3%
Greek0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Ethiopian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Savannah Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chatham County
Standard Zip Codes31401, 31411, 31419, 31421, 31404, 31406, 31410, 31405, 31407, 31408, 31415
P.O. Box Zip Codes31402, 31403, 31412, 31414, 31416, 31420, 31409, 31418
Phone Area Codes912
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.08
Approximate 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)

StationSAVANNAH MUNICIPAL AP
Distance6.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 60 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp56 to 78 F
Annual Precip49.5 inches
StationHILTON HEAD
Distance22.2 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 74 F
Jul Temp73 to 88 F
Oct Temp57 to 76 F
Annual Precip52.5 inches
StationFORT STEWART
Distance35 miles
Jan Temp41 to 62 F
Apr Temp54 to 80 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp58 to 80 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bloomingdale2,703$60,781
Garden City8,889$34,517
Pooler22,131$79,163
Port Wentworth7,052$76,151
Rincon9,690$73,013
Thunderbolt2,606$53,971

Savannah Public Libraries

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2002 BULL STREET
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Savannah Hospitals

Georgia Regional Hospital
(Government - State)
1915 Eisenhower Drive
Coastal Behavioral Health
633 Stephenson Avenue
St Joseph's Hospital - Savannah
11705 Mercy Boulevard
Memorial Health Univ Med Cen, Inc
(Non-profit)
4700 Waters Avenue
Sempercare Hospital Of Savannah
(Proprietary)
5353 Reynolds Street
Coastal Harbor Treatment Center
(Proprietary)
1150 Cornell Avenue
Candler Hospital
5353 Reynolds Street

Savannah Public Schools

East Broad Street School
400 E Broad St
ZIP: 31401
(912) 395-5500
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Esther F. Garrison School Of Visual And Performing Arts
649 W Jones St
ZIP: 31401
(912) 395-5975
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Fresh Start Elementary Program
400 E Broad St
ZIP: 31401
(912) 395-5500
Hubert Middle School
768 Grant St
ZIP: 31401
(912) 395-5235
Middle
Total Enrollment 534
Savannah Classical Academy Charter School
705 E Anderson St
ZIP: 31401
(912) 395-4040
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Johnson High School
3012 Sunset Blvd
ZIP: 31404
(912) 395-6400
High
Total Enrollment 801
Low Elementary School
15 Blue Ridge Ave
ZIP: 31404
(912) 395-6380
Other
Total Enrollment 534
Myers Middle School
2025 E 52nd St
ZIP: 31404
(912) 395-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 674
Shuman Elementary School
415 Goebel Ave
ZIP: 31404
(912) 395-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 736
Spencer Elementary School
100 Bouhan Ave
ZIP: 31404
(912) 395-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
The School Of Liberal Studies At Savannah High
400 Pennsylvania Ave
ZIP: 31404
(912) 395-5050
High
Total Enrollment 692
Beach High School
3001 Hopkins St
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-5330
High
Total Enrollment 994
Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School
301 Burkhalter Rd
ZIP: 31405
(912) 238-1973
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Derenne Middle School
1009 Clinch St
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-5900
Middle
Total Enrollment 646
Ellis Elementary School
220 E 49th St
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-5470
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Gould Elementary School
4910 Pineland Dr
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 843
Haven Elementary School
5111 Dillon Ave
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-6501
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Heard Elementary School
414 Lee Blvd
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-6630
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
Hodge Elementary School
975 Clinch Street
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
Isle Of Hope School
5330 Montgomery St
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-6555
Primary
Total Enrollment 739
Jacob G. Smith Elementary School
210 Lamara Dr
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-6530
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Savannah Arts Academy
500 Washington Ave
ZIP: 31405
(912) 395-5000
High
Total Enrollment 809
Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center
191 Carl Griffin Dr
ZIP: 31405
(912) 652-3879
Other
Total Enrollment 4
Hesse School
9116 Whitefield Ave
ZIP: 31406
(912) 395-6440
Primary
Total Enrollment 1030
Jenkins High School
1800 E De Renne Ave
ZIP: 31406
(912) 395-6300
High
Total Enrollment 1005
Largo-tibet Elementary School
430 Tibet Ave
ZIP: 31406
(912) 395-3450
Primary
Total Enrollment 779
Oglethorpe Charter School
7202 Central Ave
ZIP: 31406
(912) 395-5075
Middle
Total Enrollment 600
The Stem Academy At Bartlett
207 Montgomery Crossroads
ZIP: 31406
(912) 395-3500
Middle
Total Enrollment 682
Uhs Of Savannah Coastal Harbor Treatment Center
1150 Cornell Ave
ZIP: 31406
(912) 354-3911
Other
Total Enrollment 12
White Bluff Elementary School
9902 White Bluff Rd
ZIP: 31406
(912) 395-3325
Primary
Total Enrollment 678
Woodville-tompkins Technical And Career High School
151 Coach Joe Turner St
ZIP: 31408
(912) 395-6750
High
Total Enrollment 450
Coastal Middle School
4595 Us Highway 80 E
ZIP: 31410
(912) 395-3950
Middle
Total Enrollment 719
Howard Elementary School
115 Wilmington Island Rd
ZIP: 31410
(912) 395-3925
Primary
Total Enrollment 738
Islands High School
170 Whitemarsh Island Rd
ZIP: 31410
(912) 395-2000
High
Total Enrollment 939
Marshpoint Elementary School
135 Whitemarsh Island Rd
ZIP: 31410
(912) 395-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 925
Butler Elementary School
1909 Cynthia St
ZIP: 31415
(912) 395-2525
Primary
Total Enrollment 717
Gadsden Elementary School
919 May St
ZIP: 31415
(912) 395-5940
Primary
Total Enrollment 779
Otis J Brock Iii Elementary School
1804 Stratford St
ZIP: 31415
(912) 395-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Georgetown School
1516 King George Blvd
ZIP: 31419
(912) 395-3475
Primary
Total Enrollment 802
Pulaski Elementary School
1001 Tibet Ave
ZIP: 31419
(912) 395-6466
Primary
Total Enrollment 741
Southwest Elementary School
6020 Ogeechee Rd
ZIP: 31419
(912) 395-3301
Primary
Total Enrollment 800
Southwest Middle School
6030 Ogeechee Rd
ZIP: 31419
(912) 395-3540
Middle
Total Enrollment 848
Windsor Forest Elementary School
414 Briarcliff Cir
ZIP: 31419
(912) 395-3353
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Windsor Forest High School
12419 Largo Dr
ZIP: 31419
(912) 395-3400
High
Total Enrollment 1132

Savannah Private Schools

Notre Dame Academy
1709 Bull St
ZIP: 31401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 75
St Paul Academy
315 W 38th St
ZIP: 31401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 81
St Vincent's Academy
207 E Liberty St
ZIP: 31401
Secondary
Total Enrollment 280
Veritas Academy
25 W Oglethorpe Ln
ZIP: 31401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 142
Bible Baptist School
4700 Skidaway Rd
ZIP: 31404
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 297
Calvary Day School
4625 Waters Ave
ZIP: 31404
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 665
Blessed Sacrament School
1003 E Victory Dr
ZIP: 31405
Elementary
Total Enrollment 395
Memorial Day School
6500 Habersham
ZIP: 31405
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 241
Ramah Junior Academy
3400 Florance St
ZIP: 31405
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 180
Rambam Day School
5111 Abercorn St
ZIP: 31405
Elementary
Total Enrollment 65
Westside Academy
907 W 52nd St
ZIP: 31405
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Benedictine Military School
6502 Seawright Dr
ZIP: 31406
Secondary
Total Enrollment 304
Bethesda Home For Boys School
9520 Ferguson Ave
ZIP: 31406
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 123
Chatham Academy
4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd
ZIP: 31406
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 78
Hancock Day School
6600 Howard Foss Dr
ZIP: 31406
Elementary
Total Enrollment 278
Matthew Reardon Center Advance Academy
7135 Hodgson Memorial Dr Ste 10-b
ZIP: 31406
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
New Beginnings Learning Center
310 Benfield Dr
ZIP: 31406
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 29
Providence Christian School
425 B W Montgomery Cross Rd
ZIP: 31406
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
Providence Christian School
425 W Montgomery Xrd # B
ZIP: 31406
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
Savannah Christian Middle
2415 E De Renne Ave
ZIP: 31406
Elementary
Total Enrollment 298
St James Catholic School
8412 Whitefield Ave
ZIP: 31406
Elementary
Total Enrollment 282
Savannah Christian Prep
1599 Chatham Pkwy
ZIP: 31408
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1190
St Andrew's School
601 Penn Waller Rd
ZIP: 31410
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 399
St Peter The Apostle School
7020 Concord Rd
ZIP: 31410
Elementary
Total Enrollment 248
Butler Academy
707 Little Neck Rd
ZIP: 31419
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 91
Savannah Country Day School
824 Stillwood Dr
ZIP: 31419
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 848
St Frances Cabrini Catholic School
11500 Middleground Rd
ZIP: 31419
Elementary
Total Enrollment 97
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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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