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Thunderbolt, Georgia - Basic Facts

The Town of Thunderbolt is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Chatham County at latitude 32.0346 and longitude -81.0489. Chatham County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Thunderbolt, but most people and references simply refer to it as Thunderbolt, Georgia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Thunderbolt indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Thunderbolt (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.34 sq. miles and a water area of 0.23 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Thunderbolt: Thunder Bolt, Warsaw, Wassaw.

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Thunderbolt, GA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,851
Population in Households 2,464
Population in Familes 1,657
Population in Group Qrtrs 387
Population Density1 2,376
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 1,167
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 593
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,353 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 590 (43.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 576 (42.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 186 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $186,345
Average Home Value $219,374


Median Household Income $38,037
Average Household Income $49,819
Per Capita Income $20,745
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.57% 1.31%
Households 1.66% 1.56%
Families 1.14% 1.38%
Median Household Income   2.25%
Per Capita Income   2.38%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Thunderbolt, GA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Thunderbolt to the other 624 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Georgia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 234 63rd
Population Density1 # 41 94th
Diversity Index2 # 49 92nd
Median Household Income # 286 54th
Per Capita Income # 191 70th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Georgia Census Data Comparison Tool.