The city of Thornton is located in the state of Colorado, US and is a suburb of Denver Metropolitan area. Thornton is located at a distance of 10 miles (16 km) towards the northeast of Denver. With a total area of 70 sq. km (27.2 sq. mi.), and supporting a total population of around 82,000, it stands out as the sixth most populous city of Colorado, and holds the 213th position as far as the total population of US is concerned.
Until 1953, Thornton was dominated by farmlands, when a tract of land (around 7 miles north of Denver) was purchased by Sam Hoffman. He laid out the first fully planned town in Adams County, which was named Thornton in honor of Dan Thornton, a former Colorado Governor. The incorporation of Thornton as a city was brought about by TCA (The Thornton Community Association), which was formed in the year 1954.
Owing to its diverse demographics, Thornton is a culturally vibrant city, showing a strong commitment towards environmental issues, and quality of life in general. The capital city of Denver, where Thornton is located, is considered to be one of the best areas of the United States. The city is favorably located with high business visibility, as well as easy access to several routes. Denver RTD (Regional Transportation District) provides bus service to the city. Also, Thornton enjoys access to air transportation through Denver International Airport.
The education in Thornton is governed primarily through school districts located in Adams County, Mapleton and Brighton. These include four high schools, five middle schools as well as fourteen elementary schools. Thornton is also home to several charter schools and libraries. As far as the higher education is concerned, Thornton has nine main colleges and universities, along with several smaller institutions. Some of the reputable institutions include the University of Denver, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State College, and so on.
If you are planning to visit Thornton, you will be surprised by the various cultural and recreational activities that this small city has on offer. Thornton is surrounded by some famous resorts in the Rocky Mountains, which are breathtakingly beautiful, and offer activities like Skiing, rafting, camping and hiking. Thornton is also home to various cultural events, gardens, museums, the symphony and opera. Also, if you are a sports enthusiast, you can take part in several sports activities organized by professional sports teams.
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