Savannah, Georgia Population 2021

141,758
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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 Savannah was:

  • Black or African American: 53.93%
  • White: 38.88%
  • Two or more races: 2.78%
  • Asian: 2.61%
  • Other race: 1.42%
  • Native American: 0.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Savannah, Georgia is 141,758based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 145,817.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 136,286.

Savannah, Georgia Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

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

Savannah Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American78,41053.93%
White56,53038.88%
Two or More Races4,0482.78%
Asian3,7882.61%
Some Other Race2,0601.42%
American Indian and Alaska Native4200.29%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1470.10%
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Savannah Population By Race

Savannah Population Pyramid 2021

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Savannah Median Age

32.6


Total

31.8


Male

33.6


Female

Savannah Adults

There are 115,709 adults, (19,026 of whom are seniors) in Savannah.

Savannah Age Dependency

50.4

Age Dependency Ratio

19.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Savannah Sex Ratio

Mujer

76,183

52.39%

Masculino

69,220

47.61%

Savannah Population by Age

Savannah Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Savannah Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.1%33.9%
All43.8%56.2%
Masculino39.4%60.6%
Non Family33.6%66.4%
Mujer32.1%67.9%

43.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Savannah Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All52,9272.5543.8
Non Family22,9501.4133.6
Married16,5933.266.1
Mujer10,9643.7432.1
Masculino2,4203.4239.4

3.3

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 Grade3,0503.23%
9th to 12th Grade8,6609.18%
High School Graduate25,25626.76%
Some College24,47325.93%
Associates Degree6,3176.69%
Bachelors Degree16,79517.80%
Graduate Degree9,82010.41%
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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
Black48,67240,5637,538
White37,28335,03516,263
Hispanic4,3403,4481,174
Asian2,6072,2371,218
2+ Races1,7671,650464
Other Race1,130891223
Native American26923560
Islander7635

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.97%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 46.72%.

Savannah Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$30,264$32,069$26,999
Less Than 9th Grade$18,397$20,189$16,296
High School Graduate$24,108$26,196$21,894
Some College$27,036$33,821$23,246
Bachelors Degree$42,857$50,154$38,669
Graduate Degree$53,558$62,045$50,819

$30,264

Average Earnings

$32,069

Average Male

$26,999

Average Female

Savannah Earnings by Educational Attainment

Savannah Language by Age

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Savannah Language

89.66% of Savannah residents speak only English, while 10.34% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.35% of the population.

Savannah Language

Savannah Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black73,48419,08125.97%
White47,0786,76014.36%
Hispanic7,5812,11527.90%
Multiple3,75186823.14%
Asian3,51386824.71%
Other1,82438120.89%
Native3946416.24%

21.86%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.36%

Male Poverty Rate

24.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Savannah

The race most likely to be in poverty in Savannah is Hispanic, with 27.90% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Savannah is White, with 14.36% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.51%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.08%.

Savannah Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.35%
High School18.79%
Some College16.77%
Bachelors or Greater9.19%

Savannah Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed52.26%
Male Unemployed34.75%
Female Employed14.83%
Male Employed8.91%

Savannah Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Savannah Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,307$63,984
Families$53,250$76,983
Married Families$80,101$104,721
Non Families$29,796$44,141
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Income by Household Type

Savannah Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

31.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.2%

Male Marriage Rate

29.3%

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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9,916

Number of Veterans

8,269

Male Veterans

1,647

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,974
Second Gulf War2,958
First Gulf War2,514
Korea715
World War II321

Savannah Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,521
65 to 742,107
55 to 641,834
75+1,747
18 to 341,707

Savannah Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black5,4919.27%
White4,0818.62%
Hispanic3305.60%
2+ Races1847.73%
Asian812.40%
Other Race442.88%
Native American3510.54%

Savannah Veterans by Race

Savannah Veterans by Education

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9.27%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.30%

Veteran Disability Rate

Savannah Veterans by Education

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64.8%

Labor Force Participation

58.1%

Employment Rate

8.6%

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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58.35%

Born in Savannah

93.84%

Native Born

6.16%

Foreign Born

3.57%

Non Citizen

2.59%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.84% of Savannah residents were born in the United States, with 58.35% having been born in Georgia. 3.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Savannah Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021141,758-1,353-0.95%
2020143,111-1,353-0.94%
2019144,464-1,353-0.93%
2018145,817130.01%
2017145,804-14-0.01%
2016145,8186580.45%
2015145,1601,2770.89%
2014143,8831,2830.90%
2013142,6002730.19%
2012142,3271,9131.36%
2011140,4143,0022.18%
2010137,4125,9020.44%
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 by Year