Thornton Real Estate Information
Inside the loop that is I-470 surrounding the Denver area, the city of Thornton, Colorado, lies about 15 miles north of the capital city in Adams and Weld counties. The city is a major suburb of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the sixth-most populated city in the state of Colorado, with nearly 110,000 residents as of a 2006 estimate. The city was entirely farmland until 1953, when Sam Hoffman purchased a lot in the area north of Denver, off of Washington Street, and made plans for the community. It was the first community to be planned in Adams County, and was incorporated in 1956, at which time it had around 5,500 residents.
Thornton lies adjacent to Interstate 25, offering quick access to the highways connecting the cities of Colorado and the rest of the U.S. There are nearly 30 major resorts within a few hours' driving distance in the Rockies, offering activities like skiing, hiking, camping and white-water rafting. The community is home to Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center and Thornton Community Center, both places where residents can go to partake in activities or classes.
The Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council receives grants to fund various cultural projects throughout the year. Annual events in the city include Thorntonfest, Easter Egg Scramble, Movies in the Park, Winterfest, a Fourth of July festival and Trunk or Treat. Thornton Golf is an 18-hole, par 72 public golf course. Two major shopping center are located in the city, Thornton Plaza Shopping Center and Throncreek Crossing. There are several municipally controlled parks, include North Haven Park and Thornton Recreation Center Park, and three lakes, East Lake Reservoirs 1, 2 and 3.
There are two public school districts with buildings in Thorton, including four high schools, five middle schools and 14 elementary schools. There are also a number of opportunities for furthering education after high school, or for adults looking for a career change, with eight major universities and colleges within a 45 mile radius of Thornton, including the likes of the Universities of Colorado at Boulder and Denver, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and Regis University.