Savannah, Georgia Population 2022

150,078
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Savannah is a city located in Chatham County Georgia. It is also the county seat of Chatham County. With a 2020 population of 150,078, it is the 4th largest city in Georgia and the 188th largest city in the United States. Savannah is currently growing at a rate of 0.77% annually and its population has increased by 1.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 147,780 in 2020. Spanning over 109 miles, Savannah has a population density of 1,444 people per square mile.

The average household income in Savannah is $63,984 with a poverty rate of 20.45%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,049 per month, and the median house value is $162,300. The median age in Savannah is 32.6 years, 31.8 years for males, and 33.6 years for females.

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 Population Statistics

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 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Savannahwas:

  • Black or African American: 54.39%
  • White: 38.05%
  • Two or more races: 2.89%
  • Asian: 2.71%
  • Other race: 1.66%
  • Native American: 0.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
The current population of Savannah, Georgia is 150,078 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 147,780.

Savannah, Georgia Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010348,6400.00%
2011355,5826,9421.95%
2012361,7456,1631.70%
2013365,1033,3580.92%
2014371,2756,1721.66%
2015377,8276,5521.73%
2016383,1535,3261.39%
2017386,3943,2410.84%
2018389,4533,0590.79%
2019393,3533,9000.99%
2020397,2533,9000.98%
2021401,1533,9000.97%

Savannah Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White55,36538.05%
Black or African American79,13354.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native2710.19%
Asian3,9382.71%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1580.11%
Some Other Race2,4181.66%
Two or More Races4,2092.89%
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Savannah Population by Race

Savannah Population Pyramid 2022

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Savannah Median Age

32.9


Total

32.1


Male

34


Female

Savannah Adults

There are 115,235 adults, (19,779 of whom are seniors) in Savannah.

Savannah Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Savannah Sex Ratio

Female

75,776

52.08%

Male

69,716

47.92%

Savannah Population by Age

Savannah Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Savannah Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.6%33.4%
All44%56%
Male40.4%59.6%
Non Family34.9%65.1%
Female29.9%70.1%

44.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Savannah Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All52,9182.5544
Married16,4233.2266.6
Male2,5013.4540.4
Female10,7473.7929.9
Non Family23,2471.4134.9

3.33

Average Family Size

2.55

Average Household Size

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Savannah Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,0503.20%
9th to 12th Grade8,3078.72%
High School Graduate25,21926.47%
Some College24,88226.12%
Associates Degree6,1236.43%
Bachelors Degree17,56218.43%
Graduate Degree10,12610.63%
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Savannah Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Savannah Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian2,5862,1191,365
White37,50535,53316,920
2+ Races1,9831,869566
Hispanic4,5113,6471,156
Native American15011035
Other Race1,4821,145273
Black49,31441,3667,860
Islander9757

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.74%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 52.78%.

Savannah Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,088$33,050$29,134
Less Than 9th Grade$19,969$21,484$17,028
High School Graduate$25,531$26,913$24,032
Some College$29,073$33,100$24,523
Bachelors Degree$41,581$47,844$38,589
Graduate Degree$54,287$64,573$50,058

$31,088

Average Earnings

$33,050

Average Male

$29,134

Average Female

Savannah Earnings by Educational Attainment

Savannah Language by Age

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Savannah Language

90.14% of Savannah residents speak only English, while 9.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.04% of the population.

Savannah Language

Savannah Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native2266327.88%
Asian3,67597926.64%
Hispanic7,5191,82524.27%
Black74,57517,87523.97%
White46,7276,48213.87%
Other330NaN%
Multiple3,85483521.67%

20.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.60%

Male Poverty Rate

22.09%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Savannah

The race most likely to be in poverty in Savannah is Native, with 27.88% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Savannah is Multiple, with 21.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.00%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.78%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.29%.

Savannah Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.34%
High School18.11%
Some College15.33%
Bachelors or Greater7.70%

Savannah Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed8.43%
Male Unemployed33.95%
Female Employed12.50%
Female Unemployed45.39%

Savannah Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Savannah Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,149$65,818
Families$55,743$76,704
Married Families$80,606$102,419
Non Families$33,236$48,957
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Income by Household Type

Savannah Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.5%

Male Marriage Rate

28.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Savannah Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Savannah Marital Status

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9,316

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,640
First Gulf War2,302
Vietnam2,919
Korea581
World War II262

Savannah Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 341,420
35 to 542,185
55 to 641,861
65 to 742,140
75+1,710

Savannah Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0558.71%
Black4,8388.20%
Native American188.53%
Asian1113.29%
Other Race1257.20%
2+ Races1696.37%
Hispanic3876.67%

Savannah Veterans by Race

Savannah Veterans by Education

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9.39%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Savannah Veterans by Education

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64.6%

Labor Force Participation

58%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Savannah Employment by Age

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Savannah Employment by Race

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Savannah Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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58.15%

Born in Savannah

94.04%

Native Born

5.96%

Foreign Born

3.58%

Non Citizen

2.37%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.04% of Savannah residents were born in the United States, with 58.15% having been born in Georgia. 3.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Savannah Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18005,1460.00%
18105,215690.13%
18207,5232,3083.73%
18307,303-220-0.30%
184011,2143,9114.38%
185015,3124,0983.16%
186022,2926,9803.83%
187028,2355,9432.39%
188030,7092,4740.84%
189043,18912,4803.47%
190054,24411,0552.31%
191065,06410,8201.84%
192083,25218,1882.50%
193085,0241,7720.21%
194095,99610,9721.22%
1950119,63823,6422.23%
1960149,24529,6072.24%
1970118,349-30,896-2.29%
1980141,65423,3051.81%
1990137,560-4,094-0.29%
2000131,510-6,050-0.45%
2010136,2864,7760.36%
2011137,4351,1490.84%
2012138,5841,1490.84%
2013139,7331,1490.83%
2014140,8821,1490.82%
2015142,0311,1490.82%
2016143,1801,1490.81%
2017144,3291,1490.80%
2018145,4781,1490.80%
2019146,6271,1490.79%
2020147,7801,1530.79%
2021148,9291,1490.78%
2022150,0781,1490.77%

Savannah Population by Year