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.

Housing costs in Thornton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Colorado.

Unlike some cities, Thornton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Thornton are a mix 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 (15.54%), management occupations (9.83%), and sales jobs (9.51%).

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.

In Thornton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.94 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly 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%: 26.98% of adults in Thornton have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Thornton in 2010 was $27,618, which is upper middle income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,472 for a family of four. However, Thornton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Thornton is an extremely 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 32.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Thornton include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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