Savannah, GA

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Population

387,543

0.916% growth

Median Age

35.6


Median Household Income

$56,610

0.133% growth

Poverty Rate

15.8%


Number of Employees

183,237

1.23% decline

Median Property Value

$185,000

4.34% growth

About

In 2017, Savannah, GA had a population of 388k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $56,610. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Savannah, GA grew from 384,024 to 387,543, a 0.916% increase and its median household income grew from $56,535 to $56,610, a 0.133% increase.

The population of Savannah, GA is 54.7% White Alone, 32.6% Black or African American Alone, and 6.25% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Savannah, GA speak a non-English language, and 96.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA is $185,000, and the homeownership rate is 59.8%. Most people in Savannah, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Savannah, GA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Savannah, GA employs 183k people. The largest industries in Savannah, GA are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,468 people), Manufacturing (21,445 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (19,930 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($61,936), Utilities ($55,687), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,112).

Median household income in Savannah, GA is $56,610. Males in Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,610

2017 value

± $1,816

0.133%

1 Year Growth

± 5.42%

Households in Savannah, GA have a median annual income of $56,610, 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 $56,535 in 2016, which represents a 0.133% 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 Georgia 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 Georgia 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 Savannah, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Savannah, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $102,084, followed by Fayette County, GA and Cherokee County, GA, with respective values of $84,742 and $76,368.

The following map shows all of the counties in Savannah, 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

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Savannah, GA (57.4k out of 364k 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 Females 35 - 44.

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

    28,307 ± 1,177

  2. White

    24,194 ± 1,158

  3. Hispanic

    4,992 ± 556

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Savannah, 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

183k

2017 Value

± 8,211

-1.23%

1 Year decline

± 6.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Savannah, GA declined at a rate of -1.23%, from 186k employees to 183k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Savannah, GA, are Management Occupations (23,719 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,918 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,588 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Savannah, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Savannah, GA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (23,719 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,918 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,588 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Savannah, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.74 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.59 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Savannah, GA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($94,779), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($84,855), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,182).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

183k

2017 Value

± 8,211

-1.23%

1 Year decline

± 6.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Savannah, GA declined at a rate of -1.23%, from 186k employees to 183k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Savannah, GA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,468 people), Manufacturing (21,445 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (19,930 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Savannah, GA, though some of these residents may live in Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,468 people), Manufacturing (21,445 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (19,930 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Savannah, GA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.64 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.42 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Savannah, GA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($61,936), Utilities ($55,687), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,112).

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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 ($38B) and Electronics ($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

86% of the population of Savannah, GA has health coverage, with 43.5% on employee plans, 13.1% on Medicaid, 9.56% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 5.64% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Savannah, GA see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 829 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

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1,519 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1,526 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Georgia 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%).

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

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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

14%

Uninsured

43.5%

Employer Coverage

13.1%

Medicaid

9.56%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

5.64%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Savannah, GA grew by 22.3% from 11.5% to 14%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Savannah, 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

Savannah, GA is home to a population of 388k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.53% of Savannah, GA residents were born outside of the country (21.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Savannah, GA is composed of 212k White Alone residents (54.7%), 127k Black or African American Alone residents (32.6%), 24.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.25%), 10.2k Two or More Races residents (2.63%), 7.04k Asian Alone residents (1.82%), 4.3k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.11%), 1.99k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.512%), and 1.37k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.354%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Savannah, GA was 35.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Savannah, GA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Savannah, GA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.53%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.4k people

5.34%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

20.5k people

As of 2017, 5.53% of Savannah, GA residents (21.4k 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 Savannah, GA was 5.34%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 243,242 Georgia residents, followed by India with 96,807 and Korea with 46,156.

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Citizenship

96.8%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.8% of Savannah, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Savannah, GA was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    212k ± 2.95k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    127k ± 5.42k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    24.2k ± 2.83k

In 2017, there were 1.67 times more White Alone residents (212k people) in Savannah, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 127k Black or African American Alone and 24.2k 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Savannah, GA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Savannah, 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-)

    10,884 ± 2,136

  2. Vietnam

    6,864 ± 1,178

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,538 ± 1,412

Savannah, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.59 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

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

Most students graduating from Universities in Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA was Registered Nursing with 777 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA was $185,000 in 2017, which is 0.85 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $177,300 to $185,000, a 4.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Savannah, GA is 59.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Savannah, GA have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Savannah, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$56,610

Median Household Income

± $1,816

142k

Number of Households

± 6,823

In 2017, the median household income of the 142k households in Savannah, GA grew to $56,610 from the previous year's value of $56,535.

The following chart displays the households in Savannah, 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

$185,000

2017 Median

± $9,962

$177,300

2016 Median

± $9,274

In 2017, the median property value in Savannah, GA grew to to $185,000 from the previous year's value of $177,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Savannah, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Savannah, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

59.8%

2017 Homeownership

58.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59.8% of the housing units in Savannah, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Savannah, 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 Savannah, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Savannah, GA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Savannah, GA have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.21% of the workforce in Savannah, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.91%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Savannah, GA was Drove Alone (80.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.5%) and those who Worked At Home (3.91%).

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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