Moving to Savannah, GA? Here’s what you need to know

There are different opinions as to whether Savannah is a great city to live in. Some locals say it has become a tourist trap with the sky-high cost of living, expensive bars, nightmarish parking, and even more nightmarish traffic, while some love its southern mystique and gorgeously restored buildings. Love or hate the “Hostess City of the South”, but Savannah has plenty of major attractions and cultural diversity that make it hard to leave.

If you’re considering moving to the oldest city in Georgia, here’s a helpful guide to make your transition smooth and easy.

  1. Get ready for hot and humid summers with temperatures averaging in the 80s that can last up to nine months. Besides the humidity, summers also witness a great amount of rain and thunderstorms. The stifling weather becomes mildly cool from December to February.
  2. Hurricanes are possible since Savannah is a coastal city. The most damaging hurricane occurred in 1979.
  3. Savannah has a multitude of neighborhoods, over a hundred, and is grouped into six areas: Southside, Westside, Downtown, Midtown, and Southwest/West Chatham. Midtown is known as the upscale neighborhood, consisting of many mansions on its tree-lined streets.
  4. The most popular attractions are Forsyth Park, Tybee Island, Pirates’ House, Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens, and the preserved Historic District.
  5. Known for the fresh seafood towed in by the fishermen, there are lots of seafood restaurants all over town.
  6. To drive in Georgia, register your car and apply for a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. Due to the congested roads in the city, it may be recommended to take the Chatham Area Transit.
  7. The average price of houses for single-family homes is around $300,000, and the median is approximately $150,000. Renting an apartment will cost between $700 and $1,100 per month for a one-bedroom.
  8. The unemployment rate is 8.0% as of August 2013, which is .5% higher compared to the national unemployment rate.
  9. The main industries consist of tourism, manufacturing, the military, and the Port of Savannah.
  10. Savannah schools have an enrollment of 35,000 students in the city’s 24 elementary schools, nine middle schools, seven K-8 schools, and ten high schools. Savannah is also home to four colleges for higher education, as well as Georgia Southern University’s satellite campus.

This relocation guide is provided to you by Presidents’ Quarters Inn, a bed & breakfast in Savannah, GA.

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