Economic Development - About Coastal Georgia

About Coastal Georgia

With two world-class ports (Port of Savannah and Port of Brunswick) “book-ending” the northern and southern gateways to this 100-mile stretch of coast and featuring an intermodal transportation network that includes 2 U.S. Interstate Systems (I-95 and I-16), two major rail carriers (CSX and Norfolk Southern), and one international airport (Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport); coastal Georgia’s impressive transportation corridor offers ready mobility for business and industry.

Although the region boasts home to the historic City of Savannah and the fastest growing port in the nation, much of Georgia’s coastline retains the live oak, moss-covered canopy and briny, salt marsh mystique made famous by authors Eugenia Price and John Berendt. The coast of Georgia, its ports, available land, and exceptional climate are supportive of vast economic opportunity with vacation-quality living.

Georgia’s coastal region is comprised of ten total counties, which include six counties on the coast—Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh—and four inland counties—Bulloch, Effingham, Long, and Screven. Situated directly on the coast with the Atlantic Ocean as its eastern border, the region is book-ended by South Carolina to the north and Florida to the south. With a total land area of 5,863 square miles, the population of coastal Georgia is the fastest growing of any region in the state, outside of Metropolitan Atlanta. In 2010, the region’s population was 654,386, which marks about a 6% increase since 2006.

The Coastal Georgia Regional Commission and its Council recognized the unprecedented growth taking place within their communities; and in turn, contracted with the Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development to develop population projections for the entire coastal region. The report entitled, Georgia Coast 2030: Population Projections for the 10-county Coastal Region was the result of this effort. This study finds that in-migration is likely to be the driving factor for growth in the area, with a projected increase in population of 51 percent from its 2000 population of just over 558,000 to slightly more than 844,000 persons by 2030. Some of the factors contributing to the region's projected growth include: climate, cost of living, and coastal resources and amenities.