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M. Ann Levett, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Savannah-Chatham Co.
Public School System

208 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 395-5600


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Profile of Savannah-Chatham County


Chatham County is located on the southeast coast of Georgia.  There are eight municipalities within the County:  Savannah (county seat), Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Thunderbolt, Tybee Island and Vernonburg.  The Savannah area, located in coastal Chatham County, has a diverse economy that relies heavily on manufacturing, military, tourism, and port-related distribution.  Its diverse manufacturing environment boasts over 200 firms, making everything from yachts to corporate jets and cookies to paper products.  According to the US Census Bureau, The 2009 population estimate for Chatham County is 256,992, a 10.6% increase for year 2000.

images of a worker at International Paper and a Gulfstream jet.

Hunter Army Airfield, a vital part of the Fort Stewart Complex (the largest military instillation east of the Mississippi River), contributes a large military-civilian payroll to the local economy.

Images of military vehicles at the Port, cargo planes at Hunter Army Airfield, and a Coast Guard Rescue helicopter.

There are 19,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart and 6,200 service members at Hunter. Although most of them live and work in Hinesville (40 miles away), many soldiers and their dependents visit Savannah frequently to shop and take advantage of the city's many amenities. Savannah is also home to the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard, whose 950 uniformed personnel fly and maintain C-130H cargo planes, units of the Coast Guard, and the Air Guards Combat Readiness Training Center.

images of a couple at a museum, the Tybee Lighthouse, and children playing on the beach

Tourism is one of the brightest spots in the local economy. Long known as one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, Savannah also continues to garner recognition and accolades for its broader list of business and cultural advantages: “Hottest City to Do Business” by Inc. Magazine, “Top Ten Places in the South for the Creative Class” by Southern Business and Development, “Top 10 Hot Spots for Entrepreneurs” by Area Development Magazine, “20 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel” by MSNBC.com, "America's Most Mannerly City" by Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, "Top 10 Trips to Reboot Your Life" by Out Magazine, "Top 25 City for the Arts" by  American Style Magazine, "Award of Excellence" by Corporate & Incentives Magazine, "Top Destination Award"  by Facilities & Destinations Magazine, "15 Coolest Cities in North America" by MSN.com, "Best Romantic Getaway" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, "Best Southern City" by Southern Living Magazine, "Top 10 American Travel Destination" by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, "Top 10 Cities in the U.S. and Canada"  by Travel + Leisure Magazine. A mild climate, abundant resources, rich history, and cultural opportunities contribute to a rich quality of life for area residents, and draw large numbers of tourists to the area.  The regional tourism industry experienced very strong growth during the second quarter of 2010. Seasonally and inflation-adjusted hotel sales increased 6.5 percent during the quarter and are up by 13 percent as compared to data from a year ago.

AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPRATURES & PRECIPITATION

MONTH

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Normal High

60.4

64.1

71

77.7

84.3

89.5

92.3

90.3

86

78.1

70.5

62.6

Normal Low

38

40.9

47.5

52.9

61.3

68.1

71.8

71.3

67.3

56.1

46.9

40.1

Precipitation

3.95”

2.92”

3.64”

3.32”

3.61”

5.49”

6.04”

7.2”

5.08”

3.12”

2.4”

2.81”

Source: USTravelWeather.com

The Port of Savannah remains a significant strength in the local economy moving US$52,613,323,000 of cargo during FY2009.  In FY 2010 the Port of Savannah experienced great gains (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010) with a 9.7-percent increase in TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) for the year.  As the fourth largest container port in the United States, the Port of Savannah has long been recognized worldwide as a major regional cargo hub.  Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 295,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $15.5 billion in income, $61.7 billion in revenue and $2.6 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy.


**Source: Savannah FY2010 State of the Port/gaports.com

According to the Georgia Department of labor the Savannah unemployment rate of 9.1% for August, 2010, was lower than the Georgia statewide rate of 10% and just below the national rate of 9.6%.

See bar graph illustrating the Savannah Area Unemployment rate August 2009-August 2010:  http://www.dol.state.ga.us/pdf/pr/lf_savannah.pdf

The Savannah area benefits from a diverse economy which includes the 4th largest container port in the country, military bases, a thriving tourism industry, 40,000 + college students, and a strong inbound migration of pre-retirees and retirees.  This diversity sets Savannah apart from other markets and continues to be a driving force for future economic growth.


Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools
208 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 395-5600