Savannah, GA, Higher Education and City Facts

Savannah, Georgia, is known worldwide for its architecture, historic district and hundreds of intricate gardens and city squares. A major tourist destination as well as shipping port, Savannah is home to several colleges that offer certificate programs and associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees. Continue reading to find out more about Savannah's attractions, population and postsecondary institutions.

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Information about Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia, is a seaside town on the state's Atlantic coast. The city of just over 144,000 residents, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates, is known for its well-preserved downtown historic district and thriving cultural scene. Every year, millions of tourists come from around the world to take in the renowned architecture, riverfront, city parks and shopping.

Popular Savannah attractions include the Ships to the Sea Maritime Museum, the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah Riverboat Cruises and the Savannah Historic Museum. Visitors and residents alike can take advantage of the area's public golf courses, restaurants and entertainment. In addition, many historic residences in the older parts of the city maintain extensive gardens, which, along with the system of public squares that were a part of the city's original layout, are also widely considered to contribute to the city's charm.

Higher Education

Savannah is home to a few public and private non-profit colleges and universities, including the Savannah College of Art and Design, a well-regarded art school offering dozens of baccalaureate and master's degrees in a variety of creative disciplines. Other notable institutions of higher learning in the area include Armstrong State University and Savannah State University. Savannah State University is known as being the oldest historically African-American public institution of higher learning in the state of Georgia.

Economy and Employment

Savannah's economy is based on tourism, shipping, manufacturing and services. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, trade, transportation, and utilities employed 38,000 people. Leisure and hospitality employed 26,500 people, while education and health services employed nearly 26,000 people. The Port of Savannah is a major center for the distribution of agricultural and other goods.

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