With a population of around 118,772, Thornton is the 6th largest city by population in the state of Colorado. Downtown Denver is a mere 10 miles southwest of Thornton so it is close enough to take advantage of all Denver offers. Thornton offers plenty that makes it a pleasant city to live in.
Located in Adams and Weld counties, Thornton is a home rule city that got its start in the early 1950s as Adams County’s first community to be fully planned. Another first is that it used a single tax levy to offer all municipal services. This includes trash collection and city recreation services.
If you are looking for a place with plenty of city parks, Thornton fills the bill with 81 city operated parks. The city’s open spaces and parks are comprised of almost 2000 acres. For those who like to walk, jog or bicycle, more than 80 miles of trails exist throughout Thornton. Recreation options include the Thornton Community Center, the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center, Todd Creek Golf and Thorncreek Golf Course, along with many other options offering safe, fun activities for people of all ages.
Thornton has been designated by KaBOOM! for 7 straight years as a Playful City USA.
In addition to the regular recreational opportunities the city offers, there are a number of festivals and special events as well. These events include Thorntonfest, Movies in the Park, Twist and Shout Summer Concert Series, Winterfest, Easter Egg Scramble, FuntaztiKids, Harvest Fest and even Thornton’s Got Talent. Those who like to run in races, you have options such as the Lion’s Club Relays, the Cottonwood Classic 5K and the Winterfest 5K.
Shopping in Thornton covers everything from grocery stores to gift boutiques. You will find many of the big chain department and discount stores but will also find a good number of small boutiques. In keeping with Thornton’s move to shop locally first, a large variety of shopping options can be found so going elsewhere is rarely necessary.
Whether you are dining out or just grabbing a fast bite, your options have a wide range. Of course, you will find plenty of well known fast food and restaurant chains offering a variety of food options but you will also have choices in locally owned and operated restaurants serving Steak, BBQ, Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Mexican. Adults looking for a place to have a drink with friends, brew pubs, nightclubs and bars are available.
If you are looking for a city in which to make a real estate investment or for a place to call home, Thornton should be at the top of your list.