Established in 1953, Thornton started with three homes that were built with families in mind. Today, Thornton is still focused on providing quality housing and healthy, vibrant neighborhoods for those who desire to live in our community. When neighborhoods are healthy and vibrant residents prosper, the local economy grows, and there is a sense of shared pride.  

Housing Needs Assessment

In 2019 the City of Thornton completed a Housing Needs Assessment and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. These two reports were used to help the City make a set of recommendations to plan for the future of the City and to understand the reality of what housing looks like in our City. Thornton's population grew from 82,506 in 2000 to 136,978 in 2017, while the City's housing stock grew from 29,481 units in 2000 to 45,973 in 2017. The most common housing problem for Thornton households was being cost-burdened, or paying more than 30% of their income towards their housing costs, 32.2% of all households in 2017 were cost-burdened, while 51.6% of all renters in Thornton were cost-burdened. The Housing Needs Assessment identifies challenges, needs, and then sets goals for how to address these problems. If you would like to read the assessment in its entirety you can find it here:  2019_HNA_AI_Final.pdf