City of Thornton

 Thornton was named in the honor of Former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton.

The City of Thornton is a home rule municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado, located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thornton is 10 miles (16 km) north/northeast of downtown Denver. 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 now has a population of 1,27,688. 

​Thornton is a diverse community with a strong commitment to quality of life and environmental issues. The Denver metropolitan area in which Thornton is located consistently ranks as one of the most desirable areas to live in the United States.

 The community's location, 10 miles north of downtown Denver and adjacent to Interstate 25, provides high visibility for business while still allowing easy access to various transportation routes.

There are nine major universities and colleges located within a 45-mile radius of the community, as well as numerous smaller institutions of higher learning. The larger institutions include the Universities of Colorado at Boulder and Denver, University of Denver, Metropolitan State College, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, Regis University, and Colorado Christian University. Thornton is served primarily by two school districts encompassing four high schools, five middle schools and fourteen elementary schools.

The city's location also provides an excellent environment for cultural, recreational, and outdoor enthusiasts. Thornton offers easy access to the 28 major resort areas found in the nearby Rocky Mountains, which offers skiing, hiking, rafting, and camping, as well as beautiful and breathtaking scenic wonders... most are well within a two hour drive. Cultural activities, including numerous museums, gardens, the opera and symphony, are readily available in Denver and other nearby communities such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Arvada. Professional sports teams, including the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and the Denver Nuggets offer activities for the sports enthusiast.

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 has aggressively pursued recreation programs with nearly 1,000 acres of land developed or designated for public parks. The numerous lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, recreation centers and gymnasiums offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages and activity levels.​


Due to the growth and technological advances, much has changed in the city of Thornton over the last 50 years. However, one thing hasn’t changed—Thornton’s commitment to planning for the future.

As part of the program to expand the recreational opportunities within Thornton, the city will continue its program to acquire future park and open space sites, build new bike tails, connect existing bike trails, and develop parks.

In the area of economic development, Thornton will continue its efforts to attract new businesses and jobs to Thornton.​​

 

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