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Savannah is a city located in (and the county seat of) Chatham County, Georgia (USA). The city's population was 129,800 in 2004, according to U.S. Census estimates. Before 1970, Savannah was the second-largest city in Georgia. Today it is ranked fourth in population.

The Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a population of 313,883 (2005 estimate), and includes three Georgia counties: Bryan, Chatham, and Effingham. (The Census Bureau does not include Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, as part of the Savannah MSA.) Savannah's metropolitan population is ranked third among Georgia cities.

Savannah is located at latitude 32°03'03" North, longitude 81°06'14" West. Savannah was the first colonial and state capital of Georgia. It is also the primary port on the Savannah River and is located along the U.S. Intracoastal Waterway.

Savannah's architecture and history are internationally known, as is its reputation for Southern charm and hospitality. The city prides itself as the "Hostess City of the South." Each year, Savannah attracts millions of visitors from across the country and around the world. [1] Savannah houses the nation's most valuable living collection of 18th and 19th century architecture. Founded by General James Oglethorpe in 1733, Georgia's colonial capital now encompasses six Historic Neighborhoods and each Spring Savannahians open their doors to visitors during the Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens. Savannah's downtown area is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. Savannah is also noted for its St. Patrick's Day celebration, the second largest in the United States behind New York City.