Eli Whitney created the cotton gin in Port Wentworth, Georgia, in 1793.
The charming city of Port Wentworth is full of Southern history, including the history of cotton, Civil War sites and plantations. It is a small suburban area that had a population of 5,359 during the 2010 census. You might call it the middle of nowhere if it wasn't within Savannah's metropolitan area, which is why it is often dubbed "Savannah's Front Porch."
Moving to Port Wentworth
Port Wentworth is sometimes called "Savannah's Affordable North Side" because it tends to be less expensive than Savannah. Therefore, it could be a smart bet if you like the Savannah area but the city itself is out of your price range or too busy. However, renting in Port Wentworth is much higher than the Georgia and national averages. Nonetheless, its cost of living index is lower than the average in Georgia.
In your search for apartments, keep in mind that most of the homes in this city are owned, so you might have more trouble finding a Port Wentworth apartment rental than in other areas. However, there are a significant number of places for rent. Just make sure to bring the proper documents -- photo ID, bank statements, proof of income, rental history, etc -- and you're that much closer to securing your next home.
The city has been seeing growth with people coming for work and new houses being built. And you don't have to worry as much about safety here, since it has crime rates that are much lower than Georgia as a whole.
Neighborhoods in Port Wentworth
Since this city is so small, the whole area is considered one neighborhood. It's characterized by sophisticated urban people and a fresh, trendy vibe. This city holds both small, simple apartment complexes to large communities that are more high end. You can also rent houses, condos and townhouses in this city, which rent at a higher rate than the apartment complexes.
Top Apartment Communities
Village at Rice Hope: This apartment community is considered a luxury setting, which surprisingly won't burn a hole in your pocket since it is about average in price to rent. It is a newer community with high-end amenities like a pool, sundeck and fitness center.
Rice Creek: This community is affordable with a variety of apartment sizes available, starting with one-bedroom apartments at the lowest rates. These pet-friendly apartments feature amenities like a pet park, a pool, trails and a fitness center. El Potro Mexican Restaurant and Frank & Linda's Diner is in this area.
Rice Hope Plantation: This is a new community with condos and townhouses that focuses on modernity while keeping some Southern style. Its amenities include a pool, a clubhouse and a lazy river.
Living in Port Wentworth
Many residents of this city commute about 45 minutes to get to work. You can walk in some areas of the city, although not as much as a larger city, and it does not have much public transportation.
In Port Wentworth, you have plenty to do. You can learn history at the Port Wentworth Cultural Arts & Recreation Campus, which holds the Eli Whitney Museum, and by visiting historical sites around the city. You can also play a round at numerous golf courses and enjoy restaurants like Island Grill Seafood & Steaks with fresh seafood or burgers and steaks for landlubbers.
Also, you can travel just outside the city to visit the historic city of Savannah to explore the over 28,000-acre Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and to enjoy the beaches on Tybee Island and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.