Chatham County, GA

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Population

289,195

0.45% decline

Poverty Rate

17.3%


Median Age

36


Median Household Income

$55,308

0.0795% decline

Number of Employees

142,556

2.67% growth

Median Property Value

$213,400

10.9% growth

About

In 2018, Chatham County, GA had a population of 289k people with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $55,308. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Chatham County, GA declined from 290,501 to 289,195, a -0.45% decrease and its median household income declined from $55,352 to $55,308, a -0.0795% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chatham County, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (48.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (38.9%), White (Hispanic) (4.3%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.78%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.57%). N/A% of the people in Chatham County, GA speak a non-English language, and 95.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chatham County, GA are South University–Savannah Online (2,751 degrees awarded in 2017), Savannah College of Art and Design (2,653 degrees), and Savannah Technical College (2,457 degrees).

The median property value in Chatham County, GA is $213,400, and the homeownership rate is 56.5%. Most people in Chatham County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Chatham County, GA is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Chatham County, GA employs 143k people. The largest industries in Chatham County, GA are Health Care & Social Assistance (19,312 people), Accommodation & Food Services (17,103 people), and Retail Trade (16,242 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($61,389), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,097), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,182).

Median household income in Chatham County, GA is $55,308. Males in Chatham County, GA have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,879. The income inequality in Chatham County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,308

2018 value

± $4,956

-0.0795%

1 Year Growth

± 10.1%

Households in Chatham County, GA have a median annual income of $55,308, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,352 in 2017, which represents a -0.0795% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,446

Average Male Salary

± $1,225

$48,879

Average Female Salary

± $821

In 2018, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,571 ± $3,964

  2. White

    $57,866 ± $991

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $44,045 ± $24,311

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chatham County, GA is from Georgia.

0.475

2018 Wage GINI

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.859% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 110.06

  2. Census Tract 110.05

  3. Census Tract 110.04

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chatham County, GA was Census Tract 110.06 with a value of $97,407, followed by Census Tract 110.05 and Census Tract 110.04, with respective values of $96,853 and $92,000.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Chatham County, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chatham County, GA (47.1k out of 272k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    25,756 ± 1,134

  2. White

    17,154 ± 982

  3. Hispanic

    4,176 ± 524

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chatham County, GA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

143k

2018 Value

± 7,626

2.67%

1 Year growth

± 7.39%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Chatham County, GA grew at a rate of 2.67%, from 139k employees to 143k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chatham County, GA, are Sales & Related Occupations (15,137 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (14,216 people), and Management Occupations (14,028 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chatham County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chatham County, GA, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (15,137 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (14,216 people), and Management Occupations (14,028 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chatham County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.42 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.41 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chatham County, GA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($82,436), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($75,177), and Legal Occupations ($71,231).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

143k

2018 Value

± 7,626

2.67%

1 Year growth

± 7.39%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Chatham County, GA grew at a rate of 2.67%, from 139k employees to 143k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chatham County, GA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (19,312 people), Accommodation & Food Services (17,103 people), and Retail Trade (16,242 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chatham County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Chatham County, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Chatham County, GA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (19,312 people), Accommodation & Food Services (17,103 people), and Retail Trade (16,242 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chatham County, GA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.86 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.58 times), and Utilities (1.11 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chatham County, GA, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($61,389), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,097), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,182).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $51.8B

  2. $36.9B

  3. $35.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $51.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.9B) and Electronics ($35.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$465B

2020 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

35.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Georgia trade was $465B. This is expected to increase 35.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $42.1B

  2. $27.8B

  3. $22.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $42.1B, followed by South Carolina with $27.8B and North Carolina and $22.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

84.8% of the population of Chatham County, GA has health coverage, with 42.3% on employee plans, 13.9% on Medicaid, 9.65% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 4.37% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Chatham County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Chatham County, GA see 1108 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.58% decrease from the previous year (1186 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1563 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 840 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,108 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Chatham County, GA see an average of 1,108 patients per year. This represents a 6.58% decrease from the previous year (1,186 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chatham County, GA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

15.2%

Uninsured

42.3%

Employer Coverage

13.9%

Medicaid

9.65%

Medicare

14.6%

Non-Group

4.37%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chatham County, GA grew by 22% from 12.5% to 15.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chatham County, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Chatham County, GA is home to a population of 289k people, from which 95.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.29% of Chatham County, GA residents were born outside of the country (18.3k people).

In 2018, there were 1.24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (139k people) in Chatham County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 112k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 12.4k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Chatham County, GA was 36. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Chatham County, GA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Chatham County, GA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.29%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

18.3k people

6.04%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

17.5k people

As of 2017, 6.29% of Chatham County, GA residents (18.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chatham County, GA was 6.04%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,281 ± 11,824 people

  2. India

    94,845 ± 7,527 people

  3. Jamaica

    45,320 ± 5,215 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 237,281 Georgia residents, followed by India with 94,845 and Jamaica with 45,320.

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Citizenship

95.9%

2018 Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.9% of Chatham County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Chatham County, GA was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chatham County, GA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    139k ± 75

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    112k ± 2.79k

  3. White (Hispanic)

    12.4k ± 1.7k

In 2018, there were 1.24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (139k people) in Chatham County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 112k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 12.4k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Chatham County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    6,698 ± 1,474

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,658 ± 1,937

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,834 ± 955

Chatham County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Chatham County, GA awarded 10,843 degrees. The student population of Chatham County, GA is skewed towards women, with 11,912 male students and 26,217 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chatham County, GA are White (5,123 and 50.3%), followed by Black or African American (3,348 and 32.9%), Hispanic or Latino (759 and 7.46%), and Unknown (386 and 3.79%).

The largest universities in Chatham County, GA by number of degrees awarded are South University–Savannah Online (2,751 and 25.4%), Savannah College of Art and Design (2,653 and 24.5%), and Savannah Technical College (2,457 and 22.7%).

The most popular majors in Chatham County, GA are Family Practice Nurse (952 and 8.78%), Registered Nursing (762 and 7.03%), and Digital Communication & Multimedia (404 and 3.73%).

The median tuition costs in Chatham County, GA are $35,910 for private four year colleges, and $3,965 and $14,426 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chatham County, GA was Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects with 289 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chatham County, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,751 degrees awarded

  2. 2,653 degrees awarded

  3. 2,457 degrees awarded

$3,965

Median In-State Public

$35,910

Median Private

In 2017, the Chatham County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was South University–Savannah Online with 2,751 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,278

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,565

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,278 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chatham County, GA, which is 0.433 times less than the 7,565 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,123 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    3,348 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    759 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chatham County, GA were to White students. These 5,123 degrees mean that there were 1.53 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,348 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chatham County, GA was $213,400 in 2018, which is 0.929 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $192,500 to $213,400, a 10.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Chatham County, GA is 56.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chatham County, GA have an average commute time of 20.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chatham County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$213,400

2018 Median

± $12,404

$192,500

2017 Median

± $13,629

In 2018, the median property value in Chatham County, GA grew to to $213,400 from the previous year's value of $192,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chatham County, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chatham County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$55,308

Median Household Income

± $4,956

108k

Number of Households

± 5,667

In 2018, the median household income of the 108k households in Chatham County, GA declined from $55,308 from the previous year's value of $55,352.

The following chart displays the households in Chatham County, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chatham County, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chatham County, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56.5%

2018 Homeownership

54.9%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 56.5% of the housing units in Chatham County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chatham County, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chatham County, GA have a shorter commute time (20.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.647% of the workforce in Chatham County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.7%

  2. Carpooled

    12.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.23%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Chatham County, GA was Drove Alone (77.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.1%) and those who Worked At Home (4.23%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chatham County, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chatham County, GA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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