Chatham County, Georgia

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Chatham County
Chatham County Administrative and Legislative Center in Savannah
Chatham County Administrative and Legislative Center in Savannah
Official seal of Chatham County
Seal
Map of Georgia highlighting Chatham County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 31°58′N 81°05′W / 31.97°N 81.09°W / 31.97; -81.09
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedFebruary 5, 1777
Named forWilliam Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
SeatSavannah
Largest citySavannah
Area
 • Total632 sq mi (1,640 km2)
 • Land426 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water206 sq mi (530 km2)  32.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
289,430
 • Density622/sq mi (240/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.chathamcountyga.gov

Chatham County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia, and is on the state's Atlantic coast. The county seat and largest city is Savannah. The county was created on February 5, 1777, and is named after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.[1]

The U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 population estimate for Chatham County was 289,430 residents[2] which makes it the fifth-most populous county in Georgia, and the most-populous Georgia county outside the Atlanta metropolitan area. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 265,128 in Chatham County.[3] It is part of the Savannah metropolitan area.

References[change | change source]

  1. Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 39. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  2. "County Population Estimates 2018 US Census".
  3. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2014.