Savannah, Georgia Population 2018

Savannah is a city located in the state of Georgia. Based on its estimated population of 146,763, 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 Demographics

The city had a 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.

Over 55% of Savannah’s population is black. Just over 38% is White, 2% is Asian, 2.01% is Mixed. Hispanic and Latino inhabitants make up over 4% of the population. 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 that males – for every 100 females, there are 89.3 males. Almost 22% of the city’s population live below the federal poverty line.

Today, Savannah’s port and tourism are 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 completely by the time of the next census, but was down again during the census taken in 1990 and 2000. At the time of the last census taken in 2010, 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017146,4441800.12%
2016146,2646120.42%
2015145,6521,3750.95%
2014144,2771,4561.02%
2013142,8212480.17%
2012142,5731,9581.39%
2011140,6153,0962.25%
2010137,5196,0090.45%
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%

Savannah Population in 2018Source: By Jud McCranie [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
Black or African American78,344
White57,858
Two or More Races3,369
Asian3,175
Some Other Race1,441
American Indian and Alaska Native365
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander165

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Savannah Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Savannah Median Age

31.8


Total

30.8


Male

32.9


Female

Savannah Adults

There are 113,748 adults, (18,090 of which are seniors) in Savannah.

Savannah Age Dependency

51.4

Age Dependency Ratio

19

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Savannah Sex Ratio

Female

75,671

52.29%

Male

69,046

47.71%

Savannah Households and Families

Savannah Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Savannah Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married63.9%36.1%
All43.1%56.9%
Male41.8%58.2%
Non Family33.9%66.1%
Female32.8%67.2%

43.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Savannah Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All53,8652.4943.1
Non Family23,5331.3533.9
Married16,2033.1763.9
Female11,5433.632.8
Male2,5863.5841.8

3.27

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Savannah Households

Savannah Education

Savannah Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5413.89%
9th to 12th Grade8,7769.65%
High School Graduate24,82827.29%
Some College23,14725.44%
Associates Degree5,5056.05%
Bachelors Degree15,60117.15%
Graduate Degree9,57510.53%

Savannah Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black46,10938,0237,414
White37,95835,20315,597
Hispanic3,6092,489866
Asian2,2361,9241,027
Multiple Races1,2631,149296
Other Race766523158
Native American19818045
Islander122100

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.74%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 45.93%.

Savannah Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,634$30,804$23,640
Less Than High School$16,910$18,676$14,780
High School Grad$21,707$25,220$18,680
Some College$25,396$31,552$21,506
Bachelors Degree$37,228$42,899$32,898
Graduate Degree$47,734$51,115$46,738

$26,634

Average Earnings

$30,804

Average Male

$23,640

Average Female

Savannah Language

Savannah Language by Age

Savannah Language

91.50% of Savannah residents speak only English, while 8.50% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.53% of the population.

Savannah Poverty

Savannah Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black73,72922,69030.77%
White48,6278,29217.05%
Hispanic6,4261,78427.76%
Multiple3,01577325.64%
Asian2,96967022.57%
Other1,20131025.81%
Native3278927.22%
Islander165159.09%

25.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.91%

Male Poverty Rate

28.43%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Savannah

The race most likely to be in poverty in Savannah is Black, with 30.77% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Savannah is Islander, with 9.09% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.93%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.70%.

Savannah Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.91%
High School20.00%
Some College18.53%
Bachelors or Greater9.04%

Savannah Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.67%
Male Unemployed35.67%
Female Employed17.02%
Male Employed10.40%

Savannah Income

Savannah Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$37,108$52,516
Families$44,670$62,066
Married Families$66,270$83,825
Non Families$26,503$38,096

Savannah Marital Status

Savannah Marital Status

Marriage Rates

30.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.0%

Male Marriage Rate

28.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Savannah Married by Age and Sex

Savannah Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Savannah Marital Status by Race

Savannah Veterans

Savannah Veterans by War

10,740

Number of Veterans

9,140

Male Veterans

1,600

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam2,949
Second Gulf War2,894
First Gulf War2,804
Korea827
World War II521

Savannah Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 543,227
55 to 641,957
18 to 341,928
75+1,841
65 to 741,787

Savannah Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
Black5,4359.46%
White4,98210.29%
Hispanic3887.48%
2 or More1407.95%
Asian973.57%
Other625.36%
Indian145.05%
Hawaiian108.20%

Savannah Veterans by Education

10.66%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.52%

Veteran Disability Rate

Savannah Employment Status

Savannah Employment by Age

63.1%

Labor Force Participation

54%

Employment Rate

12.2%

Unemployment Rate

Savannah Employment by Race

Savannah Employment by Education

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

59.99%

Born in Georgia

94.63%

Native Born

5.37%

Foreign Born

3.40%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.63% of Savannah residents were born in the United States, with 59.99% having been born in Georgia. 3.40% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.