Bloomingdale is 12 miles west of Savannah and according to the 2009 U.S. Census Population Estimate, has a population of 2,665. In 2000, Bloomingdale had a median family income of $49,205 making it one of the wealthiest cities in all of Georgia.
Garden City is located along the Savannah River in Chatham County, Georgia. The city is host to much of the industry in Chatham County. Most notably, the city hosts the Port of Savannah, which is the flagship operation of the Georgia Ports Authority. According to the 2009 U.S. Census Population Estimate, Garden City has a population of 9,502.
Pooler is located northwest of Savannah, near Interstate 95. According to the 2009 U.S. Census Population Estimate, Pooler has a population of 16,387. This area has experienced great growth over the last decade and has become a critical center for commercial development in West Chatham County. Godley Station, the center for business development, has been successful in attracting many large companies to the area.
The city of Port Wentworth is located eleven miles northwest of historic Savannah. According to the 2009 U.S. Census Population Estimate, Port Wentworth has a population of 4,883. It is also birthplace of the cotton gin invented in 1793 by Eli Whitney.
Savannah is located in (and the county seat of) Chatham County, Georgia. According to the 2009 U.S. Census estimate the city's population is 134,699. Founded by General James Oglethorpe in 1733, Georgia's first colonial capital now encompasses six Historic Neighborhoods and is home to the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. Known as the “Hostess City,” Savannah's architecture and history are internationally known, as is its reputation for Southern charm and hospitality.
Thunderbolt is a small town about 5 miles southeast of Savannah. According to the 2009 U.S. Census Population Estimate, the town has a total population of 2,649. Thunderbolt runs along the western shore of the Wilmington River (a tidal creek that is part of the U.S. Intracoastal Waterway). The town is important to Georgia's shrimping industry, with scores of docks for shrimping trawlers. The town's picturesque atmosphere and seafood restaurants draw many local visitors.
As of the 2009 U.S. Census Population Estimate, the city population is 3,893. The island and its beach, which has long been a quiet getaway for the residents of Savannah, has become a popular vacation spot with tourists from outside the Savannah metropolitan area.
Vernonburg is a town about 10 miles south of downtown Savannah. According to the 2009 U.S. Census Population Estimate, the town has a population of 138 residents. Vernonburg was first settled by German craftsmen in the mid-1700s, and was incorporated in 1748. By the early 1800s, the town was becoming a summer community for wealthy Savannahians. Today it is an attractive residential village with large homes and beautiful landscaped gardens.