Skidaway Island, Georgia

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Skidaway Island, Georgia
Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°55′39″N 81°2′33″W / 31.92750°N 81.04250°W / 31.92750; -81.04250Coordinates: 31°55′39″N 81°2′33″W / 31.92750°N 81.04250°W / 31.92750; -81.04250
CountryUnited States
 • Total17.86 sq mi (46.26 km2)
 • Land16.49 sq mi (42.71 km2)
 • Water1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total9,310
 • Density564.55/sq mi (217.97/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code13-71184[2]
GNIS feature ID1867245[3]

Skidaway Island is a barrier island and census-designated place (CDP) in Chatham County, Georgia, United States. The population was 9,310 at the 2020 census.[1] An affluent community located south of Savannah, Skidaway Island is known for its waterfront properties and golf courses within The Landings, one of the largest gated communities in the country. A separate area of the island hosts the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, a research institution operated by the University of Georgia. It receives scholars and researchers from several other Georgia universities as well, including Georgia Tech, Savannah State University, and the College of Coastal Georgia. Skidaway Island is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It is uncertain why the name "Skidaway" was applied to this island; the name may be derived from a word in Yamacraw or another Native American Creek language. In his 1967 publication How Georgia Got Her Names, Hal E. Brinkley stated that the name might be an Anglicized form of Scenawki, the wife of the Yamacraw chief Tomochichi, for whom Georgia's founder James Oglethorpe named the island.[4]

In a March 2019 referendum, Skidaway Island voters overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have incorporated their community as the City of Skidaway Island. The island remains unincorporated.[5]


Skidaway Island is located at 31°55′39″N 81°2′33″W / 31.92750°N 81.04250°W / 31.92750; -81.04250 (31.927434, -81.042505).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 17.9 square miles (46 km2), of which 16.4 square miles (42 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (8.45%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1990 U.S. Census[8]
1980 U.S Census[9]

2020 census[edit]

Skidaway Island racial composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 8,605 92.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 97 1.04%
Asian 184 1.98%
Other/Mixed 217 2.33%
Hispanic or Latino 207 2.22%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,310 people, 4,272 households, and 3,014 families residing in the CDP.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,914 people, 3,193 households, and 2,701 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 422.7 people per square mile (163.2/km2). There were 3,491 housing units at an average density of 213.4 per square mile (82.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.57% White, 0.48% African American, 0.01% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 3,193 households, out of which 13.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.8% were married couples living together, 1.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.4% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.35.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 11.2% under the age of 18, 2.0% from 18 to 24, 9.3% from 25 to 44, 38.1% from 45 to 64, and 39.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 61 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $96,395, and the median income for a family was $107,013. Males had a median income of $80,486 versus $42,188 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $63,851 (the highest in the state). About 0.7% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 0.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. pp. 206–207. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  5. ^ "Skidaway Island incorporation vote". WTOC-TV, Savannah GA. 2019-03-19. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "1990 Census of Population" (PDF). Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  9. ^ "1980 Census of Population" (PDF). Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  11. ^ Fox and Weeks: Funeral Directors: Obituary for Robert Thomson, accessed August 21, 2010 Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Paid obituary for Bobby Thomson, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, August 21, 2010, p. B-4, accessed August 21, 2010
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