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Savannah is a city in Chatham County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the river, which is believed named for an Indian term translated as "grassy plain."

The latitude of Savannah is 32.083N. The longitude is -81.1W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 127,573.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Savannah demographic reports
Savannah is on the Savannah River.
Former and merged names include:
· Savannah Town
James Oglethorpe and a group of trustees were given permission by King George II to establish a colony here in 1732. Slavery and rum were banned in the early days of the settlement.

Site of a bloody Revolutionary War Battle in 1779.

The area's early economic boom was halted by a yellow fever epidemic and a disastrous fire in 1820. The city rejoined the Union before the end of the Civil War.

Known for its historic squares. Other attractions include a huge tree known as the Majestic Oak.
Public transportation: Chatham Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,073. The number of murders and homicides was 28. The violent crime rate was 8.3 per 1,000 people.
Local foods: oysters, hoe cakes
Filming location for:
· 1989 movie, "Glory"
· 2000 movie, "The Legend of Bagger Vance"
Setting for book and movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
Well-known residents have included:
· Flannery O'Connor, author
· John C. Fr?mont, explorer and politician
· Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts
· Johnny Mercer, lyricist
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Coastal Empire Fair - Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2007
  • Irish Festival - Feb. 17-18, 2007
  • Ocean Film Festival - Sept. 21-23, 2007
  • Savannah Music Festival - March 15-April 1, 2007
  • Fine Arts on the River - May 4-6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Savannah web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Forsyth Park, Skidaway Island Park, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Savannah attractions: Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens, Chatham County Garden Center & Botanical Gardens
Sports teams: Sand Gnats (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Wormsloe State Historic Site, Mercer House, Ralph Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Davenport House Museum, Savannah History Museum, Telfair Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: Savannah State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah College of Art And Design, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 130
Savannah would be better for you. You'll just get in trouble in Atlanta.
-- Gone with the Wind
Mammy to Scarlett O'Hara

Here is a city whose people, rich and poor, are so steeped in good manners - in the smile, the soft word, the easy humor of the Old South - that truck drivers wave at pedestrians as they pass.
-- Apple's America
R.W. Apple Jr.

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Savannah demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Chatham County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Savannah area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 31401 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

6% of Savannah residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Savannah ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Savannah was $16,921, compared with $21,587 nationally.


20% of Savannah residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Historic districts in Savannah include Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent Historic District, Isle of Hope Historic District, Savannah Historic District, Savannah Victorian Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Savannah, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $450.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $867.


Libraries in Savannah include Bull Street, Carnegie, Forest City, Hitch, Islands Branch, Kayton, Ogeechee, Oglethorpe Mall, Ola Wyeth, Port City Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Savannah include Savannah Morning News

TV stations in Savannah include WJCL, WSAV, WTOC, WVAN.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WSVH.

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Chatham County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Savannah political report.

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Savannah restaurants taking online reservations include 700 Drayton, Elizabeth on 37th, Il Pasticcio, Sapphire Grill, The Pirates' House ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Savannah workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 47 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Savannah between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.


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~ Gone with the Wind
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