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Top Reasons to Live in Thornton CO

  • Thornton is technically a suburb of Denver--Colorado's capital city. Thornton was just a bunch of farmland until 1953, when the town was turned into the first fully planned community in Adams County. Thornton drew people because it offered full municipal services from a single tax levy. Thornton is a haven for families because it offers great suburban living and tons of outdoor activities. It has over 80 parks and access to some of the best mountains and hiking in the entire country.

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  • Housing in Thornton Housing in Thornton is primarily owner occupied, though there are some homes that are rentable and some that are rent to own. Approximately 70% of houses in Thornton are owner occupied, while about 25% are rented and the rest are vacant. The annual residential turnover is 23% -- so if you don't find the right house the first time you look, there's a good chance you'll be able to find it sometime later that year. If you are looking to own a home, the median sales price is $229,000. In the last 6 months about 1,744 homes have sold in Thornton.
  • School Systems There are four different Colorado school districts in Thornton, and each of them is regarded as a good and high achieving program. There are tons of kids in the Thornton area, and therefore a lot of schools, including are 20 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 8 high schools - all public. Public schools are so good in Thornton that there aren't any private schools in Thornton proper beyond kindergarten and nursery schools.
  • Transportation and Commutes Thornton is a suburb of Denver, so chances are if you're there, you'll want to get into Denver to either work or play. There is a bus that connects the two cities, so if driving isn't your thing it's not impossible to get back and forth. However, most people in Thornton have a car, and if you want easy access to the big city of Denver or the mountain recreation areas nearby, you'll want to have your own set of wheels. Traffic only really gets bad at rush hour. Otherwise, the area maintains the calm, peaceful feeling of country living, even on the big highways.
  • Nightlife Denver has great nightlife, but Thornton is a little lacking when it comes to raucous things to do after the sun goes down. The closest thing to exciting nightlife Thornton has is its bars. The Lake Avenue Inn is a favorite casual bar where people go to drink beers and relax. The Firehouse Tavern is another favorite local dive. Another good place for a drink is The Village Pub, where you can get delicious bar food that people rave about and also drink a huge selection of beers and cheap well drinks. You're not going to find any dance clubs here, but if you want to go out and hang out with friends, Thornton is the place for you.
  • Arts and Culture Thornton is actually home to an arts and culture center - a place that is solely dedicated to promoting visual and performing arts in the community. For music lovers, Thornton has the Twist and Shout Summer Concert series, which offers free family-friendly concerts in the summer every Thursday outdoors in the beauty of the mountain scenery. Fine arts lovers enjoy Oz Gallery, a gallery featuring rotating exhibits of local artists. Finally, for budding artists and actors there is Break A Leg - a community theater program and the TASHCO Young Artists Festival, meant to identify and support outstanding talent in young artists in the community.