As the oldest city in Georgia, Savannah is a historic city with a thriving tourism industry. The city's population is 142,772, and the metro area has 366,700 residents. Savannah is home to the Savannah College of Art and Design, nearby Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, and one of the world's largest paper mills. Born in 1733, Savannah has a long history, starting in the colonial era and stretching through the Civil War, with its position as a port city making it regionally central during both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Today, Savannah has some of the most extensive historic landmark districts in the country.
Forbes reports that the cost of living in Savannah is 1.5 percent below the national average. The median home price as of July 2014 is $141,600, which is considerably lower than the US median home price of $188,900 as reported by the Huffington Post. Savannah's housing market had seen a decline in home prices between 2010 and 2012, but as of 2013, the median home price has increased by 11.9 percent. The median household income is $47,100 according to Forbes.
Savannah Job Opportunities
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the trade, transportation and utilities employs 36,200 people in Savannah jobs, as of August 2014, and the leisure and hospitality industry employs 24,800 people. One of Savannah's major employers is the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a company which manufactures and services jets and business aircraft, and according to LinkedIn the company has more than 10,000 total employees.
The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is another of the largest employers for Savannah, GA jobs, with 55 facilities and over 34,500 students according to their official site. Employment in hospitality and in education jobs in Savannah may lead people to working near the beach. Job seekers who would like to be nearer the beach should look at jobs in Tybee Island, Georgia, a gorgeous beach town about twenty minutes away from Savannah.
Savannah Employment Trends
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Savannah jobs was 7.8 percent as of August 2014. The 2013 job growth was 2.6 percent, and Forbes projects that 2014 will see another 2.3 percent in job growth. Forbes ranks Savannah as number 68 on their list of cities with significant job growth. There is large tourism industry and a large construction industry, with production jobs and retail jobs, creating a significant percentage of available jobs in Savannah, GA.