About Thornton​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Thornton Mission Statement

Our mission as a community is to ensure the availability of a broad range of services using all available public and private resources. Thornton will provide for a high quality of life by being responsive to the physical and human requirements of its citizens through innovative leadership and planning.

Thornton Core Values​​​​​​​​​​

These core values were created by employees in 1998:

  • Employees hold the PUBLIC TRUST in high regard.

  • Employees provide excellent CUSTOMER SERVICE to the public, and within the city to other employees.

  • Employees treat PEOPLE with courtesy and respect.

  • Employees COMMUNICATE well with the public and each other.

  • Employees display a cooperative spirit of TEAMWORK.

About Thornton

​Thornton is a diverse community with a strong commitment to quality of life and environmental issues. The Denver metropolitan area in which Thornton is located consistently ranks as one of the most desirable areas to live in the United States. The community's location, 10 miles north of downtown Denver and adjacent to Interstate 25, provides high visibility for business while still allowing easy access to various transportation routes.

The city's location also provides an excellent environment for cultural, recreational, and outdoor enthusiasts. Thornton offers easy access to the 28 major resort areas found in the nearby Rocky Mountains, which offers skiing, hiking, rafting, and camping, as well as beautiful and breathtaking scenic wonders... most are well within a two hour drive. Cultural activities, including numerous museums, gardens, the opera and symphony, are readily available in Denver and other nearby communities such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Arvada. Professional sports teams, including the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and the Denver Nuggets offer activities for the sports enthusiast.

There are nine major universities and colleges located within a 45-mile radius of the community, as well as numerous smaller institutions of higher learning. The larger institutions include the Universities of Colorado at Boulder and Denver, University of Denver, Metropolitan State College, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, Regis University, and Colorado Christian University. Thornton is served primarily by two school districts encompassing four high schools, five middle schools and fourteen elementary schools.

Thornton has aggressively pursued recreation programs with nearly 1,000 acres of land developed or designated for public parks. The numerous lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, recreation centers and gymnasiums offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages and activity levels.​

Thornton's location provides an ideal environment for business, recreation, and residences.

​Thornton Resources

The Community Connections division serves as a one-stop resource shop for those that call Thornton home.  English-Spanish bilingual team members inventory community-based programs offered by non-profits, the faith-based community, government organizations, and other partners so that we can best connect community members with the services they seek.  From helping our Thornton neighbors to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter, to linking them with social and mental health supports, we offer a tailored selection of programming to meet individual needs. We’re here for you and we’re just a call, click, or visit away.  Monday-Friday 8-5 call: 720-977-5800, visit: 9471 Dorothy Blvd., or 24/7 email: connections@thorntonco.gov.