Thornton, CO
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Thornton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 133,451 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Thornton is the sixth largest community in Colorado.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Thornton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Thornton is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Thornton who work in office and administrative support (15.98%), sales jobs (10.12%), and management occupations (9.48%).

Also of interest is that Thornton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Thornton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Thornton, the average commute to work is 30.47 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The percentage of people in Thornton who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.58% of adults in Thornton have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Thornton in 2010 was $26,782, which is middle income relative to Colorado, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,128 for a family of four. However, Thornton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Thornton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Thornton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Thornton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Thornton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Thornton include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Thornton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.