Thorne Bay is a tiny coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 488 people and just one neighborhood, Thorne Bay is the 52nd largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Thorne Bay is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Thorne Bay is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Thorne Bay who work in teaching (16.47%), office and administrative support (11.24%) and the sciences (8.43%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Thorne Bay has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Setting & Lifestyle
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Thorne Bay has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Thorne Bay has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Thorne Bay than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Thorne Bay may be for you.
One of the nice things about Thorne Bay is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Thorne Bay spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.15 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small city, Thorne Bay does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.