Savannah, the largest city and the county seat of Chatham County, GA, was established in 1733. It is the first colonial and state capital of Georgia and is known as America’s first planned city.
Today, Savannah’s downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated in 1966). Savannah attracts millions of visitors who enjoy the city’s architecture and historic structures.
Chatham County remains the sixth most-populous county in Georgia, with a population of 251,120 in 2008. Savannah is projected to grow 47.9 percent, adding more than 140,000 people from 2000 to 2030.
The community is rich with culture, art and history, as well as an expanding foundation of educational institutions, including Savannah Law School, Savannah College of Art and Design, Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah State University, South University and GA Tech Savannah.
Savannah is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South’s first public museums), the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest black Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third-oldest synagogue in America), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America).