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Thorne Bay, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Thorne Bay had a population of 516 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Thorne Bay is located at latitude 55.667 and longitude -132.5357 in Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Thorne Bay (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.58 sq. miles and a water area of 3 sq. miles. Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 154 feet.

The City of Thorne Bay (GNIS ID: 2418862) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Thorne Bay is located within the Prince of Wales Census Subarea of Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Thorne Bay population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Thorne Bay, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 516
Daytime Population: Workers 223
Daytime Population: Residents 268
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 491
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.95
Population in Households 513
Population in Familes 389
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density2 19
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $55,180
Average Household Income $70,257
Per Capita Income $31,770


Total Housing Units 378 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 168 (44.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 62 (16.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 147 (38.9%)
Median Home Value $220,000
Average Home Value $246,875


Total Households 231
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 134
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.27% -0.19%
Households 1.06% -0.26%
Families 0.85% -0.3%
Median Household Income   3.48%
Per Capita Income   3.03%

Thorne Bay, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Thorne Bay to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 118 67th
Population Density # 159 55th
Diversity Index # 221 38th
Median Household Income # 128 64th
Per Capita Income # 93 74th

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