Port Wentworth, Georgia

Port Wentworth is a city in Chatham County, Georgia, United States. The 2020 population was 10,878, more than double the population of 5,359 at the 2010 census.[4] Port Wentworth is part of the Savannah metropolitan area.

Port Wentworth, Georgia
Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°9′52″N 81°10′48″W
CountryUnited States
  TypeCouncil-City Manager Government
  MayorGary Norton
  City CouncilGabrielle Nelson
Mark Stephens
Rufus Bright
Glenn Jones
Thomas Barbee - Mayor Pro Tem
Joellen Smith
  City ManagerSteve Davis
  Total16.12 sq mi (41.74 km2)
  Land16.07 sq mi (41.62 km2)
  Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation23 ft (7 m)
  Density676.87/sq mi (261.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code912
FIPS code13-62328[3]
GNIS feature ID0332733[2]


The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Port Wentworth in 1957.[5]

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.[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 sq mi (43.0 km2), of which 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.91%, is covered by water.[4]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census

Port Wentworth racial composition[8]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 5,765 53.3%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,786 44.1%
Native American 32 0.29%
Asian 131 1.2%
Pacific Islander 7 0.06%
Other/Mixed 561 5.16%
Hispanic or Latino 1,105 10.16%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 10,878 people, 3,258 households, and 2,091 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, 5,359 people, 2,042 households, and 1,378 families were residing in the city. The population density was 125.80/km2 (325.8/sq mi). The 2,226 housing units had 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 8.2% of the population.[9]

Of the 2,042 households, 37.9% had children under 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 not families. About 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% were someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.58, and the average family size was 3.08.[9]

In the city, the age distribution was 25.9% under 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 or older. The median age was 31.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males.[9]

For the period 2008–2012, the estimated median annual income for a household in the city was $50,031, and 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.[10]


Port Wentworth is part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

Law enforcement

They city is served by the Port Wentworth Police Department.


  1. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Port Wentworth, Georgia
  3. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "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.
  5. "Port Wentworth". GeorgiaGov. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  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". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  9. "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.
  10. "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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