Savannah, Georgia Population 2020

145,862

Savannah is a city located in the state of Georgia. Based on its estimated population of 145,862, the city is the fifth most populous in the state. What’s most notable about Savannah is that it is the oldest city in Georgia, having been established in 1733. Savannah serves as the county seat of Chatham County and serves an important role as an industrial center and seaport.

Savannah History

Savannah was first founded in 1733 with the arrival of General James Oglethorpe and other settlers. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the area was inhabited by Yamacraws and Tomochichi. The Georgia colony was also founded on the same date as the founding of Savannah. It was in 1751 when Savannah was made the capital of Georgia. By the late 1800s, it was also an important commercial port.

The city was seized by the British during the Revolutionary War, who later left in 1782. The city continued to grow, and through the 19th century, it was one of the most prosperous seaports in the country as well as one of the most populous cities of the Confederacy. However, toward the end of the century, the population began to drop. Also notable is that during the 19th century, Savannah State University was founded. It is the oldest public college for African Americans in the state.

The city continued to thrive as a seaport and cashed in on the cotton industry. The city became even more prosperous with the entry into the heavy industry and manufacturing sectors in the late 1800s and early 1900s. During the early 1900s, the city’s population began to grow again, while more people were also moving to areas outside of the city center.

Today, the city is a popular tourist destination. Its cobblestone streets and historic buildings are just a few of the many attractions that bring in visitors every year. Other notable attractions include the home of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and the Telfair Academy of Arts and Science, which is one of the South’s first museums that was open to the public. The downtown area of Savannah is designated as a National Historic Landmark District and is one of the largest in the United States.

Savannah Population Statistics

The city of Savannah has an estimated population of over 146,000 residents. The city has an area of over 108 square miles with a population density of 1,321 people per square mile.

The largest age group is the 25 to 44 group, which makes up over 28% of the total population. Over one-quarter of Savannah’s population is under the age of 18. Over 13% are at least 65 years old.

There are more females than males – for every 100 females, there are 89.3 males. Almost 22% of the city’s population lives below the federal poverty line.

Today, Savannah’s port and tourism are the main drivers of the economy. Savannah is also one of the largest ports for shipping container traffic and is home to many company headquarters including TitleMax and JCB. Many students also call Savannah home as it is the location of several universities and colleges, including Armstrong State University, Savannah State University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

Savannah Population Growth

Savannah has seen its share of ups and downs when it comes to population. While the city saw significant growth throughout many decades, the census taken at 1970 showed that the population declined by over 20%. It bounced back almost entirely by the time of the next census but was down again during the poll taken in 1990 and 2000. At the time of the last census taken in 2010, the population was up 3.6%. Recent estimates show that the city’s growth is on the upswing again, up 7.7% since the last census in 2016 and almost reaching its peak population recorded at the time of the 1960 census.

Savannah Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Savannah was:

  • Black or African American: 54.38%
  • White: 38.70%
  • Two or more races: 3.00%
  • Asian: 2.39%
  • Other race: 1.18%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%

How Many People Live in Savannah, Georgia?

145,862
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018145,862330.02%
2017145,829-54-0.04%
2016145,8836620.46%
2015145,2211,2720.88%
2014143,9491,2890.90%
2013142,6602720.19%
2012142,3881,9121.36%
2011140,4762,9842.17%
2010137,4925,9820.45%
2000131,510-6,050-0.45%
1990137,560-4,094-0.29%
1980141,65423,3051.81%
1970118,349-30,896-2.29%
1960149,24529,6072.24%
1950119,63823,6422.23%
194095,99610,9721.22%
193085,0241,7720.21%
192083,25218,1882.50%
191065,06410,8201.84%
190054,24411,0552.31%
189043,18912,4803.47%
188030,7092,4740.84%
187028,2355,9432.39%
186022,2926,9803.83%
185015,3124,0983.16%
184011,2143,9114.38%
18307,303-220-0.30%
18207,5232,3083.73%
18105,215690.13%
18005,1460.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018389,4943,1570.81%
2017386,3373,1760.82%
2016383,1615,3241.39%
2015377,8376,5541.73%
2014371,2836,1891.67%
2013365,0943,3710.92%
2012361,7236,1761.71%
2011355,5476,9121.94%
2010348,6350.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American79,03854.38%
White56,25138.70%
Two or More Races4,3633.00%
Asian3,4682.39%
Some Other Race1,7111.18%
American Indian and Alaska Native3260.22%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1850.13%

Savannah Population Pyramid 2020

Savannah Median Age

32.4


Total

31.6


Male

33.4


Female

Savannah Adults

There are 115,075 adults, (18,692 of whom are seniors) in Savannah.

Savannah Age Dependency

50.8

Age Dependency Ratio

19.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Savannah Sex Ratio

Female

76,142

52.39%

Male

69,200

47.61%

Savannah Households and Families

Savannah Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Savannah Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married65.5%34.5%
All43.9%56.1%
Male42.4%57.6%
Non Family34.3%65.7%
Female32.2%67.8%

43.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All53,1872.5343.9
Non Family23,0601.3934.3
Married16,4133.2265.5
Female11,0753.6632.2
Male2,6393.3942.4

3.28

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

6.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Savannah Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,1153.33%
9th to 12th Grade9,0139.65%
High School Graduate24,82226.57%
Some College23,90725.59%
Associates Degree6,3046.75%
Bachelors Degree16,02217.15%
Graduate Degree10,25410.97%

Savannah Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black48,39940,0787,385
White37,33134,64916,181
Hispanic3,7402,9311,044
Asian2,3152,0891,249
Multiple Races1,8291,695452
Other Race968747235
Native American20115843
Islander11976

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.82%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.95%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,421$31,798$26,381
Less Than High School$18,898$21,404$15,908
High School Grad$22,682$26,132$20,600
Some College$27,390$33,935$23,650
Bachelors Degree$41,238$50,132$35,331
Graduate Degree$53,045$61,958$50,448

$29,421

Average Earnings

$31,798

Average Male

$26,381

Average Female

Savannah Language

Savannah Language by Age

Savannah Language

90.47% of Savannah residents speak only English, while 9.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.78% of the population.

Savannah Poverty

Savannah Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black74,08620,38127.51%
White47,1176,71114.24%
Hispanic6,5722,16832.99%
Asian3,19588327.64%
Multiple4,00986521.58%
Other1,47240027.17%
Native2865117.83%
Islander17831.69%

22.93%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.89%

Male Poverty Rate

25.60%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Savannah

The race most likely to be in poverty in Savannah is Hispanic, with 32.99% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Savannah is Islander, with 1.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.19%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.44%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.76%
High School19.01%
Some College17.03%
Bachelors or Greater9.04%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed49.28%
Male Unemployed33.28%
Female Employed15.92%
Male Employed9.62%

Savannah Income

Savannah Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,093$60,305
Families$50,061$72,025
Married Families$75,266$97,520
Non Families$28,979$42,292

Savannah Marital Status

Savannah Marital Status

Marriage Rates

31.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.1%

Male Marriage Rate

29.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Savannah Married by Age and Sex

Savannah Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Savannah Marital Status by Race

Savannah Veterans

10,092

Number of Veterans

8,275

Male Veterans

1,817

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War3,078
Vietnam2,742
First Gulf War2,667
Korea761
World War II469
Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,696
75+1,959
55 to 641,910
18 to 341,795
65 to 741,732

Savannah Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
Black5,2908.95%
White4,5329.61%
Hispanic3336.36%
2 or More1385.60%
Other553.98%
Asian521.74%
Indian197.54%
Hawaiian64.26%

Savannah Veterans by Education

8.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.84%

Veteran Disability Rate

Savannah Employment Status

63.7%

Labor Force Participation

56.1%

Employment Rate

10%

Unemployment Rate

Savannah Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

59.49%

Born in Georgia

93.99%

Native Born

6.01%

Foreign Born

3.73%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.99% of Savannah residents were born in the United States, with 59.49% having been born in Georgia. 3.73% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.