Facts about Chatham County, Georgia
Chatham County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia, and is located on the state's Atlantic coast. The county seat and largest city is Savannah. One of the original counties of Georgia, Chatham County was created February 5, 1777, and is named after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 population estimate for Chatham County was 290,501 residents, making Chatham the most populous Georgia county outside the Atlanta metropolitan area. The official 2010 Census counted 265,128 residents in Chatham County. Chatham is the core county of the Savannah metropolitan area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 632 square miles (1,640 km²), of which 426 square miles (1,100 km²) is land and 206 square miles (530 km²) (32.6%) is water. Chatham County is the northernmost of Georgia's coastal counties on the Atlantic Ocean. It is bounded on the northeast by the Savannah River, and in the southwest bounded by the Ogeechee River.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 265,128 people, 103,038 households, and 64,613 families residing in the county. The population density was 621.7 inhabitants per square mile (240.0/km²). There were 119,323 housing units at an average density of 279.8 per square mile (108.0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 52.8% white, 40.1% black or African American, 2.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.2% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 9.8% were Irish, 8.7% were English, 7.9% were German, and 4.6% were American.
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