Chatham County, GA

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Population

290,501

0.491% growth

Median Age

35.4


Median Household Income

$55,352

2.57% growth

Poverty Rate

17.3%


Number of Employees

138,848

0.343% decline

Median Property Value

$192,500

9.25% growth

About

In 2017, Chatham County, GA had a population of 291k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $55,352. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chatham County, GA grew from 289,082 to 290,501, a 0.491% increase and its median household income grew from $53,964 to $55,352, a 2.57% increase.

The population of Chatham County, GA is 48.1% White Alone, 38.3% Black or African American Alone, and 6.58% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Chatham County, GA speak a non-English language, and 96% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chatham County, GA are Savannah College of Art and Design (2,659 degrees awarded in 2016), South University–Savannah Online (2,646 degrees), and Savannah Technical College (2,493 degrees).

The median property value in Chatham County, GA is $192,500, and the homeownership rate is 54.9%. Most people in Chatham County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Chatham County, GA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Chatham County, GA employs 139k people. The largest industries in Chatham County, GA are Health Care & Social Assistance (20,056 people), Accommodation & Food Services (15,967 people), and Manufacturing (14,412 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($59,146), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,356), and Utilities ($55,305).

Median household income in Chatham County, GA is $55,352. Males in Chatham County, GA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,924. The income inequality in Chatham County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,352

2017 value

± $2,521

2.57%

1 Year Growth

± 7.33%

Households in Chatham County, GA have a median annual income of $55,352, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $53,964 in 2016, which represents a 2.57% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,612

Average Male Salary

± $1,239

$47,924

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Chatham County, GA made 1.35 times more than female 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

    $62,588 ± $3,904

  2. White

    $55,935 ± $993

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,186 ± $5,407

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Chatham County, GA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.48

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.183% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less 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 110.05

  2. Census Tract 110.06

  3. Census Tract 110.04

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chatham County, GA was Census Tract 110.05 with a value of $108,024, followed by Census Tract 110.06 and Census Tract 110.04, with respective values of $105,551 and $86,563.

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 13.4%. 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

139k

2017 Value

± 7,572

-0.343%

1 Year decline

± 7.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chatham County, GA declined at a rate of -0.343%, from 139k employees to 139k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chatham County, GA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (12,132 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (5,486 people), and Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (5,081 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 Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (12,132 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (5,486 people), and Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (5,081 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chatham County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (4.3 times higher than expected), Rail & Water Transportation Workers (3.74 times), and Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides (3 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 ($94,613), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($85,926), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,119).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

139k

2017 Value

± 7,572

-0.343%

1 Year decline

± 7.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chatham County, GA declined at a rate of -0.343%, from 139k employees to 139k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chatham County, GA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (20,056 people), Accommodation & Food Services (15,967 people), and Manufacturing (14,412 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 (20,056 people), Accommodation & Food Services (15,967 people), and Manufacturing (14,412 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chatham County, GA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.61 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.5 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chatham County, GA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($59,146), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,356), and Utilities ($55,305).

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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. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $38B and Electronics and $30.6B.

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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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% 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. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

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

1108 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Chatham County, GA see an average of 1108 patients per year. This represents a 6.58% decrease from the previous year (1186 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 neighboring states.

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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%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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 291k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.29% of Chatham County, GA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Chatham County, GA is composed of 140k White Alone residents (48.1%), 111k Black or African American Alone residents (38.3%), 19.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.58%), 7.61k Two or More Races residents (2.62%), 6.75k Asian Alone residents (2.32%), 4.21k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.45%), 878 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.302%), and 860 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.296%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Chatham County, GA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chatham County, GA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Chatham County, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, 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

6.04%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 6.29% of Chatham County, GA residents 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

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    243,242 ± 11,967 people

  2. India

    96,807 ± 7,603 people

  3. Korea

    46,156 ± 5,263 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Chatham County, GA was Mexico, the natal country of 243,242 Chatham County, GA residents, followed by India with 96,807 and Korea with 46,156.

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Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96% of Chatham County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chatham County, GA was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    140k ± 504

  2. Black or African American Alone

    111k ± 5.07k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    19.1k ± 2.17k

In 2017, there were 1.26 times more White Alone residents (140k people) in Chatham County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 111k Black or African American Alone and 19.1k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Chatham County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Chatham County, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Chatham County, GA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Chatham County, GA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,121 ± 1,758

  2. Vietnam

    4,870 ± 992

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,891 ± 994

Chatham County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Chatham County, GA awarded 10,677 degrees. The student population of Chatham County, GA is skewed towards women, with 12,280 male students and 27,134 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chatham County, GA are White (5,122 and 50.8%), followed by Black or African American (3,335 and 33.1%), Hispanic or Latino (755 and 7.48%), and Unknown (383 and 3.8%).

The largest universities in Chatham County, GA by number of degrees awarded are Savannah College of Art and Design (2,659 and 24.9%), South University–Savannah Online (2,646 and 24.8%), and Savannah Technical College (2,493 and 23.3%).

The most popular majors in Chatham County, GA are Registered Nursing (789 and 7.39%), Family Practice Nurse (679 and 6.36%), and Digital Communication & Multimedia (404 and 3.78%).

The median tuition costs in Chatham County, GA are $35,190 for private four year colleges, and $3,886 and $14,142 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 Registered Nursing with 777 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. 2,659 degrees awarded

  2. 2,646 degrees awarded

  3. 2,493 degrees awarded

$3,886

Median In-State Public

$35,190

Median Private

In 2016, the Chatham County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Savannah College of Art and Design with 2,659 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,284

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,393

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,284 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chatham County, GA, which is 0.444 times less than the 7,393 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

    5,122 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    3,335 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    755 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chatham County, GA were to White students. These 5,122 degrees mean that there were 1.54 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,335 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chatham County, GA was $192,500 in 2017, which is 0.885 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $176,200 to $192,500, a 9.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Chatham County, GA is 54.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chatham County, GA have an average commute time of 21.9 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.

Income

Household Income

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$55,352

Median Household Income

± $2,521

108k

Number of Households

± 5,969

In 2017, the median household income of the 108k households in Chatham County, GA grew to $55,352 from the previous year's value of $53,964.

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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Housing

Property Value

$192,500

2017 Median

± $13,629

$176,200

2016 Median

± $13,807

In 2017, the median property value in Chatham County, GA grew to to $192,500 from the previous year's value of $176,200.

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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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

54.9%

2017 Homeownership

53.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.9% of the housing units in Chatham County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.8%.

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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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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Commute Time

21.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chatham County, GA have a shorter commute time (21.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.68% 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

    78.6%

  2. Carpooled

    9.32%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chatham County, GA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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