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Chatham County Administrative and Legislative Center in Savannah
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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|Founded||February 5, 1777|
|Named for||William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham|
|• Total||632 sq mi (1,640 km2)|
|• Land||426 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Water||206 sq mi (530 km2) 32.6%%|
|• Density||622/sq mi (240/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Chatham County ( CHAT-əm) is located in the U.S. state of Georgia, 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 official 2020 population for Chatham County was 295,291 residents. This was an increase of 11.4% from the official 2010 population of 265,128 residents. Chatham is the sixth most populous county in Georgia, and the most populous Georgia county outside the Atlanta metropolitan area. 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
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||108,011||36.58%|
|Hispanic or Latino||23,790||8.06%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 295,291 people, 107,987 households, and 65,889 families residing in the county.
As of the 2010 United States Census, 265,128 people, 103,038 households, and 64,613 families were 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% African American, 2.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos made up 5.4% of the population. In 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 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.3% were not families; 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 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
- See also: Savannah, Georgia#Education
Public schools are operated by Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.
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