Thornton, Illinois

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Thornton, Illinois

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High Points

Thornton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Thornton Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Thornton Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Thornton People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Thornton Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Thornton Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Thornton, Illinois

Comparing Thornton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 9 7
Age of the Population 8 9
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Racial Diversity 7 7
Senior Citizens 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 3
Male Share of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 10 8
Median Family Income 9 7
College Educated Adults 5 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Short Commute Times 3 5
Working at Home 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 6
People Living Alone 4 5
Housing Recently Built 4 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 3

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Thornton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60476
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.568
Longitude -87.608

Thornton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
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Thornton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,582 100%
Male 1,211 46.9%
Female 1,371 53.1%
Under 18 595 23%
18+ 1,987 77%
65+ 437 16.9%
Median Age 40.3
Average Family Size 3.09
White 2,496 96.7%
African-American 21 0.8%
Asian 6 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.1%
Other 22 0.9%
Mixed Race 34 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 107 4.1%

Estimated Thornton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,458
Growth -124
Growth % -4.8%

Thornton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 19.7%
Irish 13.8%
Polish 13.4%
Italian 10.5%
Dutch 7.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
English 5%
US/American 4.7%
Swedish 3.7%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Slovak 1.7%
Hungarian 1.5%
French Canadian 1.2%
Austrian 1%
Scottish 1%
Serbian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Croatian 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
German Russian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Thornton 2,582 $55,104
East Hazel Crest 1,607 $50,625
Glenwood 9,000 $67,161
Harvey 30,000 $35,378
Homewood 19,543 $70,941
Phoenix 2,157 $32,688
South Holland 22,147 $67,451

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