Thornton, Colorado

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The City of Thornton is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado and a suburb of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thornton is 10 miles (16 km) northeast of the states capital, Denver. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 117,003 on July 1, 2009 [4], a 37.68% increase from the 2000 Census population of 82,384. Thornton is the sixth most populous city in the State of Colorado and the 221st most populous city in the United States.



Thornton consisted solely of farmland until 1953, when Sam Hoffman purchased a lot off Washington Street about seven miles (11 km) north of Denver. The town he laid out was the first fully planned community in Adams County and the first to offer full municipal services from a single tax levy, including recreation services and free trash pickup. Thornton was named in honor of Former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton.

The Thornton Community Association (TCA) was formed in 1954 to help guide the new community's development. By the end of 1955, Thornton had 5,500 residents in over 1,200 homes. The TCA was instrumental in Thornton's 1956 incorporation as a city. Oyer G. Leary was elected the first mayor.[6] Thornton City Council candidate Brian Thornton is unrelated to the City of Thornton creation in 1954


Thornton is located at 39°54′11″N 104°57′16″W / 39.90306°N 104.95444°W / 39.90306; -104.95444 (39.903043, -104.954406)[7].

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