Thornton, Colorado, City and Educational Information

Information About Thornton

Thornton, Colorado, is a key suburb of Denver, the state capital. This city had a population of just over 130,000 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Thornton's median household income for 2010-2014 was $66,160 per year, higher than the overall Colorado median of $59,448.

Thornton has nearly 1,000 acres of public parks, and lighted tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, athletic fields, recreation centers and gymnasiums offer opportunities for people of all ages and activity levels. For those who value the arts and culture, nearby Denver offers all the cultural amenities of a major city to Thornton residents. Just to the west of the metropolitan area, the Colorado Rockies rise to heights of more than 14,000 feet and provide opportunities for hiking, camping, skiing, whitewater rafting and countless other outdoors pursuits.

Education Near Thornton

Several major universities and colleges are located within a 15-mile radius of the city. These include the University of Denver, ranked the 86th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, along with Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Regis University, ranked the 28th best regional university in the West.

The area also is home to the University of Colorado at Denver and several 2-year schools, including Front Range Community College, Community College of Denver and Community College of Aurora.

Economy and Employment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the area of Denver, Broomfield and Aurora (in close proximity to Thornton) had more than 1.4 million jobs across a variety of industries, with trade, transportation, and utilities and professional and business services leading the way. Top employers included Adams 12 Five Star Schools, the City of Thornton, the Dish Network call center, North Suburban Medical Center and American Furniture Warehouse.

Many Thornton residents also work for major corporations in the Denver metropolitan area. Employers include Lockheed Martin, Coors Brewing Company, Comcast, state and federal government, and several high-tech companies, such as StorageTek and Sun Microsystems.

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