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Overview

Introduction to Thornton, Colorado

Thornton, Colorado, in Adams county, is 8 miles N of Denver, Colorado. The city is conveniently located inside the Denver metropolitan area.

Thornton History

Until 1953, the area now known as Thornton consisted primarily of farmlands. Sam Hoffman purchased land off of Washington Street in 1953 and planned what would eventually become Thornton. It was the first planned community in Adams county. The town was named in honor of Colorado Governor, Dan Thornton. Thornton was incorporated as a city in 1956.

Thornton and nearby Attractions

  • Forney Museum of Transportation
  • Colorado Governor's Mansion
  • Denver Zoo
  • Grasmer Lake
  • Holly Park
  • Park Hill Golf Club

Things To Do In Thornton

During a stay in Thornton, one can visit the historic sites in Denver like the Colorado State Capitol, the Colorado Governor's Mansion and the Denver Mint. Those interested in the regional history can pay a visit to the Forney Museum of Transportation, which has some interesting exhibits of antique automobiles, carriages, bicycles and locomotives. Golfers can spend a day at the Park Hill Golf Club. In addition, the city hosts the Harvest Fest every September and the Winterfest every December.

Thornton Transportation

Buckley AFB Airport is close by.

Thornton Higher Education

ITT Technical Institute is the closest school providing adult education opportunities. For higher learning, one can also enroll at Front Range Community College or Regis University.

People

Total Population 127,688
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 64,275
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 53.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27%
Median Earnings25+ $40,712
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,387
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,430

Wealth

Median Family Income $74,884
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,150
Median House Value $219,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 10.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Thornton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Adams
Standard Zip Codes 80020, 80221, 80229, 80233, 80234, 80241, 80260, 80601, 80602
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.868
Longitude -104.971

Thornton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NORTHGLENN
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 44 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Station BRIGHTON 3 SE
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 41 F
Apr Temp 33 to 62 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 14.3 inches
Station LAKEWOOD
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Thornton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Lake (80241)

Eastlake (80241)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arvada 111,658 $85,459
Broomfield 60,699 $97,886
Commerce City 50,346 $71,383
Federal Heights 12,037 $40,990
Northglenn 37,754 $63,339
Westminster 110,598 $80,079

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Thornton Public Libraries

Library
Adams County Library System
8992 N WASHINGTON
Thornton, Colorado
(303) 288-2001

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Thornton Hospitals

NORTH SUBURBAN MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
9191 GRANT ST
(303) 451-7800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Thornton High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

THORNTON HIGH SCHOOL
9351 NORTH WASHINGTON STREET
720-972-4800
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,282 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
9000 YORK STREET
303-853-1200
Serves 1,472 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

VANTAGE POINT
455 EAST EPPINGER BOULEVARD
720-972-5800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 267 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

HIGH PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL
455 EAST EPPINGER BOULEVARD
720-972-5818
A Non-traditional School
Serves 62 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

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