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Location in the state of Georgia
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|Founded||February 5, 1777|
632 sq mi (1,637 km²)
426 sq mi (1,103 km²)
206 sq mi (534 km²), 32.6%
622/sq mi (240/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Named for: William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham|
Chatham County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia, and is located on the state's Atlantic coast. The county seat and largest city is Savannah. One of the original counties of Georgia, Chatham County was created February 5, 1777, and is named after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.
The U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 population estimate for Chatham County was 289,082 residents, making Chatham the most populous Georgia county outside the Atlanta metropolitan area. In the official 2010 census, the population of Chatham County was 265,128. Chatham is the core county of the Savannah metropolitan area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 632 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 426 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 206 square miles (530 km2) (32.6%) is water.
The bulk of Chatham County, an area with a northern border in a line from Bloomingdale to Tybee Island, is located in the Ogeechee Coastal sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin. The portion of the county north of that line is located in the Lower Savannah River sub-basin of the Savannah River basin, while the very southern fringes of the Chatham County are located in the Lower Ogeechee River sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin.
- Interstate 16
- Interstate 95
- Interstate 516
- U.S. Route 17
- U.S. Route 80
- State Route 17
- State Route 21
- State Route 21 Spur
- State Route 25
- State Route 26
- State Route 26 Connector
- State Route 30
- State Route 204
- State Route 204 Spur
- State Route 307
- State Route 404 (unsigned designation for I-16)
- State Route 404 Spur
- State Route 405 (unsigned designation for I-95)
- State Route 421 (unsigned designation for I-516)
- Savannah River Parkway
- Jasper County, South Carolina – northeast
- Bryan County – west/southwest
- Liberty County - southeast
- Effingham County – northwest
National protected areas
- Fort Pulaski National Monument
- Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 265,128 people, 103,038 households, and 64,613 families residing in the county. The population density was 621.7 inhabitants per square mile (240.0/km2). There were 119,323 housing units at an average density of 279.8 per square mile (108.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 52.8% white, 40.1% black or African American, 2.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.2% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 9.8% were Irish, 8.7% were English, 7.9% were German, and 4.6% were American.
Of the 103,038 households, 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.3% were non-families, and 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03. The median age was 34.0 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $44,928 and the median income for a family was $54,933. Males had a median income of $42,239 versus $31,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,397. About 11.6% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.4% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.
Census-designated places (unincorporated)
Other unincorporated communities
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