Savannah-GA : Georgia


What It Is Like to Retire in Savannah-GA

Savannah is one of the most beautiful cities in America.  This city of 145,000 was planned in England by founder James Oglethorpe before it was settled, and his Oglethorpe Plan is a lasting testament to the idea of urban planning. It is laid out in a grid with frequent squares; homes and stores are placed along the squares. It is a popular tourist destination as well as being home to an area popular with retirees. Each year almost 7 million tourists visit Savannah. Like any city it has its marginal areas.


Where to Retire in Savannah-GA and Home Prices

Many active adult communities are being built in the Savannah area (see link at top left). Zillow reports the median home value was $216,000 in mid-2021.


What Is Special about Savannah-GA

The Savannah Victorian Historic District and its 22 park-like squares make up one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States. Savannah is rich in history with many classic homes.  But it is the squares that make this town  so beautiful and special. There are dozens of tourist attractions for culture, history, and nature.


What Is Not Special about Savannah-GA

Some parts of town are economically challenged. You have to like living in a tourist town. Summers are hot and humid.


Who Will Like Retirement in Savannah-GA

People who want to live in or near a historic town with classic colonial architecture will like Savannah. The average age is 31, almost 9 years younger than the Georgia average.


Local Economy Is Driven by

The Port of Savannah, industry, the military, and tourism are the principal drivers of the economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

Savannah is located on the top of eastern Georgia's Atlantic coast. The average July temperature is just over 80 degrees and the average January temp is in the high 40s. The wettest month is August (7"). Located on the Savannah River, it is the largest port in Georgia. Savannah has missed most of the big hurricanes that have hit its neighbors.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Savannah has a full range of cultural resources in dance, music,  and theatre. The Savannah Community Theatre and the Little Theatre of Savannah are just two of these. The Savannah Music Festival is mentioned as one of the best in the world. Thanks to its being a tourist center, there are plenty of interesting restaurants.



Violent crime rates are higher in Savannah than in the rest of Georgia and the U.S. Property crime rates are about the same. The rates will vary by neighborhood.


Medical Facilities

At least 3 hospitals serve Savannah - Memorial Health University Medical Center, Candler Hospital, and St. Josephs.



Savannah/Hilton Head Airport serves the region. Amtrak also has service here. The downtown areas are very walkable. A high percentage of people ride public transit.


Valuable Links

Georgia Retirement Guide
Visit Savannah

What people are saying about Savannah-GA

Crime Headlines for the last 24 hours!
Man shot at Turtle Creek Apartments off White Bluff Road A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday evening when he was shot at a southside apartment complex, Savannah-Chatham police said. Group raising money for family of college student murdered Monday A group is raising funds for the family of a Savannah college student who was fatally shot at a southside Savannah apartment complex Monday evening.Rebecca Foley, 21, was shot in her car outside her apartment at Colonial Village at Marsh Cove off White Bluff Road. 17-year-old dies after being shot several times in Savannah\'s Windsor Forest neighborhood A man died Tuesday evening after a shooting in the Windsor Forest neighborhood. Two sent to trial court on aggravated assault charges in fairgrounds shootings.A witness testified on Wednesday he saw two men exchange gunfire during a Nov. 3 shootout at the Coastal Empire Fairgrounds. UPDATE: Arrests made in 3-county police chase that ended in Savannah. Two convicted felons are in custody after leading authorities on a high speed chase, crashing into two vehicles, including a Savannah-Chatham police car, and then leading police on a foot chase through a Savannah college campus and neighborhood Sunday night. Woman charged after shooting gun during Forsyth Park fight. Savannah-Chatham Police charged a 19-year-old with reckless conduct after they say she fired a pistol in the air at Forsyth Park Monday afternoon. VIDEO: Two women ordered detained in Savannah sex-trafficking case. A federal judge on Tuesday ordered pre-trial detention for two women accused of scheming with 10 others in a multi-state prostitution ring busted last week. Savannah couple known for light displays, charity victims of theft. Tybee Island coyote shot, killed A Tybee public works crew discovered a dead coyote on Tuesday morning in the dunes at the 18th Street crossover. The animal had been shot.It\'s not known who killed the animal, said Police Chief Bob Bryson, or even when the coyote was shot, but police did receive a call at 2 a.m. about shots fired in..
Posted by csull12983 on January 24, 2013
Seems significantly higher than slightly above average in 2012-2013. Two homicides, shooting & wounding of another, firing of weapon into the air in Forsyth Park, prostitution ring bust, all within 24 hrs, Yes the historic district is beautiful, but check the demographics on wikipedia! From Savannahnow news website: UPDATE: Police identify woman fatally shot at Savannah apartment complex 3:27pm Tybee Island coyote shot, killed 11:01am Arrests made after shots fired into air at Forsyth Park UPDATE: Arrests made in 3-county police chase that ended in Savannah Woman charged after shooting gun during Forsyth Park fight 5:19pm
Posted by csull12983 on January 23, 2013

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