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Savannah, Tennessee
City
City square
City square
Location of Savannah, Tennessee
Location of Savannah, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hardin
Settled 1820s
Incorporated 1833
Named for Savannah, Georgia
Area
 • Total 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
 • Land 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 443 ft (135 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 6,917
 • Density 1,207.5/sq mi (466.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38372
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-66720
GNIS feature ID 1300820
Website cityofsavannah.org

Savannah is a city in and the county seat of Hardin County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,917 at the 2000 census.

Savannah hosted the NAIA college football national championship game from 1996-2007, and is home to several places of historical significance, including the Cherry Family Mansion.

History

The city's original name was Rudd's Ferry, named for James Rudd, an early settler who established a ferry at the site in the early 1820s. Rudd's Ferry was later purchased by a wealthy landowner, David Robinson. The city was renamed "Savannah" after Savannah, Georgia, the hometown of Rudd's wife, Elizabeth.

Battle of Shiloh

Hardin County was the site of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (also known as the "Battle of Pittsburg Landing") during the Civil War. This battleground site is just south of the city of Savannah. Union General Ulysses S. Grant commandeered the Cherry Mansion just off the city square for use as a headquarters during the battle.

Hardin County, Tennessee courthouse in Savannah, Tennessee
Savannah Courthouse

Pickwick Landing State Park

Just outside Savannah lies Pickwick Landing State Park. Originally a steamboat stop, the Tennessee Valley Authority bought the site in the 1930s during the Great Depression and a constructed a dam so electricity could be a generated. In 1969, Tennessee bought 681 acres (276 ha) from the TVA and made it a state park.

Geography

Savannah is located at 35°13′25″N 88°14′13″W / 35.22361°N 88.23694°W / 35.22361; -88.23694 (35.223674, -88.237011).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), (This does not account for the number of people who live in the countryside).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 466
1870 328
1880 1,006 206.7%
1890 1,087 8.1%
1920 758
1930 1,129 48.9%
1940 1,504 33.2%
1950 1,698 12.9%
1960 4,315 154.1%
1970 5,576 29.2%
1980 6,992 25.4%
1990 6,547 −6.4%
2000 6,917 5.7%
2010 6,982 0.9%
Est. 2015 7,027 0.6%
Sources:
Joseph Hardin Courthouse Plaque Savannah TN
County courthouse dedication plaque at the city square

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,917 people, 2,915 households, and 1,862 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,207.5 people per square mile (466.1/km²). There were 3,206 housing units at an average density of 559.7 per square mile (216.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.79% White, 8.56% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 2,915 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,779, and the median income for a family was $29,771. Males had a median income of $26,311 versus $20,219 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,101. About 20.7% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 16.5% of those age 65 or over.


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