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The City of Thornton is in Adams County just about 10 miles north of Denver. With a population of just over 145,000 residents, Thornton is the largest city in the north part of the metro area and the 6th largest cities in all of Colorado. Just as was its neighbor, Northglenn, Thornton was the result of a planned development of new homes in the early 1950’s. F&S Construction announced plans for 5,000 new homes in 1952. The owner of the company, Sam Hoffman, named the proposed community Thornton after the then current Colorado Governor Dan Thornton. The first 40 families moved into their new homes in January 1954. Thornton was incorporated in May 1956. The city has over 2000 acres of open space, 81 parks, over 80 miles of trails and several golf courses. There are lots of shopping, dining and entertainment locations throughout the cities including the Denver Premium Outlets, Thornton Town Center and Thorncreek Crossing. Thornton now has over 70 different neighborhoods, including one of the metro areas few 55+ communities, Heritage at Todd Creek. Homes in the north part of the metro area are generally more affordable. The median home price for homes that closed in the last quarter of 2021 was $485,000, up 18.3% year-over-year. Learn more about Thornton here.

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