Thornton, CO
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Living in Thornton


Thornton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 136,703 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 (15.47%), management occupations (10.30%), and sales jobs (9.60%).

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 31.33 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Thornton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Thornton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of people in Thornton who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.88% of adults in Thornton have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Thornton in 2010 was $28,497, 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 $113,988 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 32.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Thornton include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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