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Savannah, Georgia - Basic Facts

The City of Savannah is the 5th largest city in Georgia with a population of 146,624 as of July 1, 2020. Savannah ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Georgia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Savannah is located at latitude 32.0835 and longitude -81.0998 in Chatham County. The formal boundaries for the City of Savannah encompass a land area of 103.28 sq. miles and a water area of 5.53 sq. miles. Chatham County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Savannah (GNIS ID: 2405429) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Georgia is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Savannah is located within Savannah Division of Chatham County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Savannah: Sarannah, Savana, Savanah, Sawanna, Yamacraw.

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Savannah, GA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 146,624 (100%)
Population in Households 136,297 (93.0%)
Population in Families 99,290 (67.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 10,327 ( 7.0%)
Population Density 1,411
Diversity Index2 61
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $43,347
Average Household Income $63,954
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $24,890
Wealth Index5 56
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 65,969 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 25,798 (39.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 30,059 (45.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,112 (15.3%)
Median Home Value $180,370
Average Home Value $237,357
Housing Affordability Index3 134
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 55,857
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 31,282
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.71% 0.63%
Households 0.6% 0.64%
Families 0.42% 0.49%
Median Household Income   1.72%
Per Capita Income   2.04%
Owner Occupied HU   0.46%

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Savannah, GA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Savannah to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Georgia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 99th
Population Density # 100 84th
Median Household Income # 303 52nd
Housing Affordability Index # 94 15th
Per Capita Income # 210 67th
Diversity Index # 148 76th

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