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Thornton, Colorado - Basic Facts

The City of Thornton is the 6th largest city in Colorado with a population of 129,988 as of July 1, 2016. Thornton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Colorado. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Thornton is located at latitude 39.9194 and longitude -104.9428 in Adams County. The formal boundaries for the City of Thornton (see map below) encompass a land area of 35.11 sq. miles and a water area of 1.05 sq. miles. Adams County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,348 feet.

The City of Thornton (GNIS ID: 2412064) 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.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Thornton is located within West Adams Division of Adams County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Thornton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Thornton, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 129,988
Population in Households 129,634
Population in Familes 110,573
Population in Group Qrtrs 354
Population Density1 3,703
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 44,473
Average Household Size 2.91
Family Households 32,861
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 46,279 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 30,557 (66.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,915 (30.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,806 ( 3.9%)
Median Home Value $233,865
Average Home Value $252,924


Median Household Income $71,326
Average Household Income $83,587
Per Capita Income $28,442
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.45% 1.43%
Households 1.17% 1.3%
Families 1.33% 1.25%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   1.62%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Thornton, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Thornton to the other 458 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 6 99th
Population Density1 # 22 95th
Diversity Index2 # 61 87th
Median Household Income # 115 75th
Per Capita Income # 217 53rd

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