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  • Thornton has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Thornton crime rates are 5% higher than the Colorado average
  • Cost of living in Thornton is 4% lower than the Colorado average
  • Thornton real estate prices are 11% lower than the Colorado average
  • Rental prices in Thornton are 14% higher than the Colorado average

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      Thornton, CO

      Located less than ten miles from downtown Denver, Thornton is a hidden gym that outsiders fall in love with the moment they visit the city limits in search of a home for sale and rent. The city is located to the north of Colorado's capital city, and it is home to over 135,000 residents. It has experienced consistent growth since the 1990s that has allowed the city to develop the infrastructure necessary to support the city. Many people who work in Denver on a daily basis choose to live in Thornton and commute due to the close proximity and the ability to ride into town on public transit.

      Ascent Solar, Virtual Enterprises, and TopGolf are a few of the area's top employers. The first two are up-and-coming players in the tech space, while TopGolf is one of the best places to practice your golf game during Colorado's winter months when it is not possible to get out on the non-virtual courses. Costco is another employer that has a large role in Thornton's economic impact.

      Getting around Thornton is simple due to the smart city planning and investments in roads that were made as part of the city's controlled growth. As indicated, getting into Denver is simple once you hop on I-25 and head south. The city has a public transit service that has multiple routes and stops at strategically located points around the city. Amtrak train service also provides a direct route to Denver and the Denver International Airport. Many people try to look for homes that are located near the Amtrak station so they do not have to own or operate a vehicle.

      East Lake, the Rolling Hills at Thorncreek, and Grangercreek are a few of the most coveted areas for real estate in the city. If you are just starting your search, you will definitely want to check out these neighborhoods before you rent or buy. Home prices in Thornton have risen in recent years in line with the state at large, but it is still more affordable than other areas in Denver.

      Water World is one of the area's most family friendly attractions, and it is a great place to get out and enjoy a summer day while sliding down the numerous waterslides in the park. Clear Creek offers fishing, rafting, and camping opportunities within the city limits. It is another spot that is popular during the months when Colorado is blessed with endless sunshine. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is the best spot in the city to hunt for eagles that like to nest in the area. It is a photographer's dream and a pretty cool spot to spend an afternoon with the kids.

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      Thornton, CO - Great Place to Raise A Family

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      As someone that has experienced the city life of Thornton Colorado for many years I can say it is one of the best places not only to visit but to live and raise a family. It is one of the nicer areas of the Denver metro area.

      It has everything there so you don't have to travel too far. As far as the movies, theaters, even malls. It's like a city in it's own. Even though it is in the nicer part of the Denver metro area it isn't much more expensive like it is in other parts of the city.

      One of the downfalls of Thornton, even though you don't have to go very far to get to where you want to go whether it be the grocery store, your favorite restaurant, or even a night out it does have the fast city life still. Since you are so close to so many other cities it still has the fast city life approach. Thornton is not far from the stadium or Six Flags so you can easily take a trip to the water park, or go to one of the sports games which makes it nice to know that you are far enough from the bad parts of the city and close enough to have some fun.
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      Source: The Thornton, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).