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Quick Facts

Savannah Quick Facts

Population* (Savannah MSA)

(Bryan, Chatham and Effingham Counties)
2000    293,000
2010    348,507
2012    361,941
2013    366,047
2014    372,708
2015    379,199

Chatham County is ranked the 5th largest county in Georgia.
134,785 households in the Savannah MSA (2015)*
$50,618 median household income (2015)*
*U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate.

Subtropical Climate

Average Seasonal Temperatures
Spring    66.0
Summer    81.3
Autumn    68.0
Winter    51.4
Precipitation: 48.0” average rain per year

Tourism
Annual Visitors: nearly 13.7 million (2015)
Nation’s largest Historic Landmark District

Manufacturing
349 manufacturing plants provide 20,614 jobs (2016)

Taxable Retail Sales (Estimated), Chatham County
2010    $5.8 billion
2011    $5.7 billion
2012    $6.0 billion
2013    $6.3 billion
2014    $6.6 billion
2015    $6.6 billion
2016    $6.6 billion   
   
43 Large Shopping Centers, 2 Regional Malls, Outlet Center
Source: GA Department of Revenue Statistical Report FY10-13,
Chatham County Finance Department, Armstrong Center for Regional Analysis.

Recreation

  • Tybee Island Beaches & Pavilion
  • Boating, Marinas, Boat Ramps, Rowing
  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Camping, Wildlife Parks
  • Nightlife, Live Music
  • Savannah Civic Center, Entertainment
  • Public & Private Available: Golf Courses, Swimming & Tennis

Banks

About 121 Banks
About 30 Credit Unions

Schools & Churches

  • Public: 26 elementary schools, 9 K-8 schools,
  • 9 middle schools, 11 high schools
  • 4 charter schools (2 elementary, 1 k-8 and 1 middle)
  • Private: 32 elementary schools, 12 high schools
  • Higher Education: 19 universities, colleges and technical colleges with estimated annual enrollment of about 61,500
  • About 674 churches (www.yellowpages.com
Healthcare (Chatham County)
3 acute care hospitals 1,300+ beds, 1200+ doctors
17 nursing care facilities

Government

City of Savannah

  • Mayor, eight Aldermen, City Manager

Chatham County

  • Chairman, eight Commissioners, County Manager.
  • Other Chatham County municipalities: Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Thunderbolt, Tybee Island, and Vernonburg

Military

27,000 daily working population at Ft. Stewart & Hunter Army Airfield:

  • 23,000 soldiers
  • 4,000 civilian workers

Total retired military personnel in Savannah and the surrounding area: 17,000

Workforce—Savannah MSA
2011 152,400   
2012 155,900   
2013 160,000 
2014 165,300
2015 171,600
2016 177,500  (through September)

Non-Agricultural Employment   
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Georgia is a “right to work” state.

Air Transportation

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has 41 daily nonstop flights. Airlines: American Airlines, jetBlue, Delta Air Lines, United Express.

Foreign Trade Zone 104 is located at the airport.

Ground and Water Transportation:

  • CSX & Norfolk Southern Railroad   
  • Amtrak
  • Airport/Amtrak Shuttle Service
  • Greyhound
  • Taxis and pedi-cabs
  • Chatham Area Transit (local bus system)
  • Water Ferry

Port of Savannah – Georgia Ports Authority

  • Ships to 160+ countries
  • Direct shipping to 800+ ports
  • 30+ steamship lines
  • 50+ freight forwarders & custom brokers

Highways/Interstates
U.S. 17, 17A, 80; GA 21, I-16, I-95, I-516

Driving distance to:   

  • Atlanta – 250 miles
  • Charleston – 110 miles
  • Jacksonville – 140 miles

15 miles to Tybee Island and the Atlantic Ocean
 

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