Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||-Mike Lamb-|
|• Total||28.8 sq mi (74.7 km2)|
|• Land||28.6 sq mi (74.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||20 ft (6 m)|
|• Density||651.3/sq mi (251.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0332725|
Pooler is a city in Chatham County, Georgia, United States. According to 2010 US Census, the population was 19,140, a threefold increase over the 2000 count of 6,239. The 2012 population estimate is 20,598. Pooler is located northwest of Savannah near I-95 and is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city was named for railroad employee Robert William Pooler.
During the Civil War, Pooler was a railway stop called Pooler's Station—the last stop before Savannah on the Central of Georgia Railroad. In December 1864, Pooler was a meeting place for Union officers led by William Tecumseh Sherman, who negotiated with Savannah authorities for the strategic port city's peaceful surrender.
Today, Pooler is the center for commercial development in west Chatham County. Godley Station, the center for business development, has been successful in attracting large companies such as JCB to the area. Newer shopping centers such as The Shops at Godley Station are bringing new revenue to the area. Low crimecitation?,citation?, and a small town community have all been factors in its explosive growth. Pooler is now one of Georgia's fastest-growing cities.
Per the 2010 census, Pooler’s total population was 19,140, comprising 7,300 households, and 5,183 families residing in the city. The population density was 664.6/sq mi (256.6/km2). There were 7,300 housing units at an average density of 253.5/sq mi (97.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.4% White, 25.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.6% of the population.
There were 7,300 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.2 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $71,737, and the median income for a family was $78,419. Males had a median income of $53,854 versus $38,401 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,336. About 5.4% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 15. 26.1% of those age 65 or over.