Thunderbolt is a town located in Chatham County, Georgia, 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.
Thunderbolt is located at 32°1'56" North, 81°3'6" West (32.032111, -81.051733). 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 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.
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