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Thornton

 

 

The city of Thornton is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado and a suburb of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thornton is 10 miles (16 km) northeast of the state’s capital, Denver. The United States Census Bureau that the city population was 118,772 on April 1, 2010,[5] a 44.2% increase from the 2000 Census population of 82,384. Thornton is thesixth most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 213th most populous city in the United States.

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History

Thornton consisted solely of farmland until 1953, when Sam Hoffman purchased a lot off Washington Street about seven miles (11 km) north of Denver. The town he laid out was the first fully planned community in Adams County and the first to offer full municipal services from a single taxlevy, including recreation services and free trash pickup. Thornton was named in honor of Former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton.

The Thornton Community Association (TCA) was formed in 1954 to help guide the new community’s development. By the end of 1955, Thornton had 5,500 residents in over 1,200 homes. The TCA was instrumental in Thornton’s 1956 incorporation as a city. Oyer G. Leary was elected the first mayor.[6]

Geography

Thornton is located at 39°54′11″N 104°57′16″W (39.903043, -104.954406)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.2 square miles (70 km2), of which, 26.9 square miles (70 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (1.25%) is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1960 11,353
1970 13,326 17.4%
1980 42,054 215.6%
1990 55,031 30.9%
2000 82,384 49.7%
2010 118,772 44.2%
Est. 2011 121,435 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 82,384 people, 28,882 households, and 21,517 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,066.7 people per square mile (1,184.2/km²). There were 29,573 housing units at an average density of 1,100.9 per square mile (425.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was

There were 28,882 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,445, and the median income for a family was $58,742. Males had a median income of $40,098 versus $29,982 for females. The per capita income for the city was $41,471. About 4.0% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

Thornton has 81 city parks and nearly 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of parks and open space.[9] There are over 80 miles (130 km) of trails throughout the city. Thornton has several recreational facilities like the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center and the Thornton Community Center. Thornton has several golf courses for golfers like Thorncreek Golf Course and Heritage Todd Creek Golf.