Thunderbolt, Georgia
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Thunderbolt, Georgia
Thunderbolt, Georgia
Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
Location in Chatham County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°1?56?N 81°3?6?W / 32.03222°N 81.05167°W / 32.03222; -81.05167Coordinates: 32°1?56?N 81°3?6?W / 32.03222°N 81.05167°W / 32.03222; -81.05167
CountryUnited States
 o Total1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 o Land1.35 sq mi (3.51 km2)
 o Water0.22 sq mi (0.56 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 o Total2,668
 o Estimate 
 o Density1,935.79/sq mi (747.47/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 o Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31404, 31410
Area code(s)912
FIPS code13-76364[3]
GNIS feature ID0333226[4]

Thunderbolt is a town located in Chatham County, Georgia, United States, approximately five miles southeast of downtown Savannah. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 2,668. It is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thunderbolt runs along the western shore of the Wilmington River (a tidal river that is part of the U.S. Intracoastal Waterway). The town is important to Georgia's shrimping industry, with scores of docks for shrimping trawlers. The town's picturesque atmosphere and seafood restaurants draw many local visitors.


An early variant name was "Warsaw". The Georgia General Assembly incorporated the town as "Warsaw" in 1856.[5] An act of legislature officially changed the town's name to "Thunderbolt" in 1921.[6]

According to tradition, Thunderbolt was named from an incident when lightning strike caused a spring to open up.[7]


Thunderbolt is located at 32°1'56" North, 81°3'6" West (32.032111, -81.051733).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km2), of which 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2) is land and 0.2 square mile (0.5 km2) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,668 people, 1,088 households, and 565 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,780/sq mi (687/km2). There were 1,088 housing units at an average density of 725/sq mi (280/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 52.9% White, 35.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.2% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. 9.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 997 households, out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.5% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 17.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,327, and the median income for a family was $49,583. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $22,128 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,592. 13.6% of the population and 8.4% of families were below the poverty line. 33.3% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

See also


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 226. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  6. ^ Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly. 1921. p. 1122.
  7. ^ Candler, Allen Daniel; Evans, Clement Anselm (1906). Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons. State historical association. p. 443.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved 2015.

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