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Port Wentworth, Georgia

City in Chatham County, Georgia, USA

Port Wentworth, 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
CountryUnited States
 • MayorGary Norton
 • City CouncilDistrict 1 - Vacant
Mark Stephens
Mayor Pro Tem - Vacant
Bill Herrin
Thomas Barbee
Linda Smith
 • Total16.44 sq mi (42.58 km2)
 • Land16.39 sq mi (42.46 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total5,359
 • Estimate 
 • Density588.12/sq mi (227.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)912
FIPS code13-62328[3]
GNIS feature ID0332733[4]

Port Wentworth is a city in Chatham County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,359 at the 2010 census,[5] with an estimated population of 8,518 in 2018.[6] It is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Port Wentworth in 1957.[7]

Dixie Crystals plant explosion

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 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.[8] 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.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)9,641[2]79.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[3] 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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[11]


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


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Port Wentworth city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Port Wentworth". GeorgiaGov. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Port Wentworth city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Port Wentworth city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2014.

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