Port Wentworth, Georgia

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Port Wentworth, Georgia
Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°9′52″N 81°10′48″W / 32.16444°N 81.18000°W / 32.16444; -81.18000Coordinates: 32°9′52″N 81°10′48″W / 32.16444°N 81.18000°W / 32.16444; -81.18000
Country United States
State Georgia
County Chatham
 • Mayor Gary Norton
 • City Council Barbara Powers
Ernie Stanhope
Debbie Johnson
Bill Herrin
Jud Bowers
Tim Holbrook
 • Total 16.6 sq mi (43.0 km2)
 • Land 16.4 sq mi (42.6 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,359
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 7,933
 • Density 326/sq mi (125.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31407
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-62328[2]
GNIS feature ID 0332733[3]
Website www.cityofportwentworth.com

Port Wentworth is a city in Chatham County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,359 at the 2010 census,[4] with an estimated population of 6,529 in 2013.[5] It is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Port Wentworth is located in the northern corner of Chatham County at 32°09′52″N 81°10′48″W / 32.164512°N 81.180087°W / 32.164512; -81.180087.[6] It is bordered by Effingham County to the north, by Garden City to the southeast, and by the Savannah city limits (surrounding Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport) to the southwest. Within the Port Wentworth city limits are the localities of Meinhard and Monteith.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43.0 km2), of which 16.4 square miles (42.6 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.91%, is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20167,933[1]48.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,359 people, 2,042 households, and 1,378 families residing in the city. The population density was 125.80/km2 (325.8/sq mi). There were 2,226 housing units at an average density of 52.25/km2 (135.34/sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 61.1% White, 31.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.8% some other race, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.2% of the population.[8]

There were 2,042 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were headed by married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58, and the average family size was 3.08.[8]

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males.[8]

For the period 2008-12, the estimated median annual income for a household in the city was $50,031, and the median income for a family was $59,552. Male full-time workers had a median income of $47,786 versus $35,367 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,295. About 11.7% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.[9]

Dixie Crystals plant explosion[edit]

On February 7, 2008, an explosion at the historic Dixie Crystals sugar plant, established in 1916 on Oxnard Drive, killed 14 people and injured at least 40 others. The victims ranged in age from 18 to 56. The blast could be heard as far away as Levy, South Carolina, where it shook house walls. The accident brought Port Wentworth national and international notice; it was widely reported in European and Asian media.


Port Wentworth is part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. M. Ann Levett., Ed.D., is the Superintendent of Schools.


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