Thornton, CO
Crime Rates


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Thornton, CO crime analytics

The crime rate in Thornton is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 28 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Thornton is 1 in 36. Based on FBI crime data, Thornton is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Colorado, Thornton has a crime rate that is higher than 76% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Thornton compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Thornton with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Thornton's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Thornton does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Thornton.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Thornton occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Thornton; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 411. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Thornton's rate for property crime is 25 per one thousand population. This makes Thornton a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Thornton is one in 40.

Importantly, we found that Thornton has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Thornton is one in 217.

Thornton Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 22% of U.S. Cities

Thornton Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Thornton 2.44
Colorado 3.21

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 411

in Thornton

1 in 312

in Colorado


Population: 133,451
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 4 90 69 162
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.67 0.52 1.21


Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Thornton 25.28
Colorado 26.42

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 40

in Thornton

1 in 38

in Colorado

Thornton Property CRIMES

Population: 133,451
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 558 UNREPORTED 615
Rate per 1,000 4.18 UNREPORTED 4.61

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Thornton Crimes Per Square Mile

Thornton 103
Colorado 44