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Welcome to Thornton ...

The city of Thornton is primarily located in Adams County<1>. A portion of Thornton extends into Weld County.

The location of Thornton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Thornton has a population of 146,929 people<3> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Thornton, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated June 12, 1956.

Thornton is 5,230 feet [1,594 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Thornton is about 1 mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Thornton lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Thornton: (303) & (720)<5>

Websites for Thornton ...

Official Website: www.cityofthornton.net/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Thornton had an population of 146,929 people. This is an increase of 23.71% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 78.35% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Thornton had a population of 118,772 people (or 26.9% of the total population of Adams County). This makes Thornton the county's most populous community.

The population of Thornton represents 2.36% of the total population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 6th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 118,772 people, the population of Thornton increased 44.17% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 82,384 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Thornton.

Communities Also Named Thornton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 28 communities that are also named Thornton - they are located in Alabama (2), Arkansas, California, Idaho (2), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Thornton.

Communities near Thornton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Thornton.

  • Denver [Denver County]
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    • Denver [Denver County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the south of Thornton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 735,538 people
    • Former names for Denver:
    • Auraina
    • Denver City
    • Montana City
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denver
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Denver<7>
  • Aurora [Arapahoe County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aurora
    • Aurora [Arapahoe County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Thornton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 387,377 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aurora
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aurora<7>
  • Lakewood [Jefferson County]
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    • Lakewood [Jefferson County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Thornton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 157,429 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakewood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lakewood<7>
  • Arvada [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arvada
    • Arvada [Jefferson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southwest of Thornton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 121,936 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arvada
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arvada<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Westminster [Adams County]
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      • Westminster [Adams County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the southwest of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 115,046 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westminster
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westminster<7>
    • Boulder [Boulder County]
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      • Boulder [Boulder County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the west of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 107,645 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boulder
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boulder<7>
    • Longmont [Boulder County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longmont
      • Longmont [Boulder County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northwest of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 98,445 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longmont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Longmont<7>
    • Broomfield [Broomfield County]
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      • Broomfield [Broomfield County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 72,236 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Broomfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broomfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Broomfield<7>
    • Commerce City [Adams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Commerce City
      • Commerce City [Adams County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the east of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,317 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Commerce City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Commerce City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Commerce City<7>
    • Brighton [Adams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brighton
      • Brighton [Adams County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,783 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brighton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brighton<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Thornton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Thornton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Thornton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Thornton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Thornton. See our Newspapers Page for Thornton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Thornton ...

Looking for more information about Thornton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Thornton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Thornton.

Mentions & References for Thornton

Visit our Community Index for Colorado

About Adams County

About Colorado

The official website for Thornton: www.cityofthornton.net/

The official website for Adams County: www.co.adams.co.us/

The official website for State of Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Adams, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Thornton.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Thornton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (720) is an overlay for area code (303).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Thornton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thornton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ThorntonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.9181, Longitude: -104.9471       In this case, the coordinates for Thornton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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