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Living in Thornton, CO

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Get your breath of fresh air at Fieldhouse in Thornton. With over 2,500 acres of recreation, 2 dozen major parks and nearly 100 miles of trails, exploration abounds when you call Thornton, CO home.

With the N line light rail across the street and I-25 and I-76 nearby new luxury apartments at Fieldhouse, you’re also easily close to the action and culture of nearby Denver and Boulder.


  • How Far is Thornton from Denver?
    Thornton is about 10 miles north of downtown Denver, and is generally a short drive of about 15 to 20 minutes by car, depending on traffic conditions. Residents living outside Denver also love using the convenient new N line, a 18.5-mile electric commuter rail line that connects Union Station with Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton, and (eventually) North Adams County.

  • What's the History of Thornton?
    Thornton was founded in 1953 and officially incorporated as a city in 1956. Originally a rural farming community, Thornton experienced significant suburban growth throughout the latter half of the 20th century, becoming one of the larger cities in the Denver metropolitan area. As of the 2022 census, Thornton had a population of 143,282 people, making it one of the larger cities in Colorado.


  • Better Cost of Living: Suburbs and neighboring towns outside of Denver often have a lower cost of living compared to the city itself, from more affordable appartment rentals to reduced living expenses and cost of goods.

  • Natural Beauty: Thornton has over 80 parks and more than 2,000 acres of open space for residents to enjoy, including recreatonal trails that connect various parks and neighborhoods throughout Thornton. This includes:

  • Over 734 acres of public parks

  • Over 1545 acres of open space and open lands

  • Over 112 miles of off-street trails

  • Over 42 miles of on-street bike lanes

  • One 72-par, city-owned golf course (Thorncreek Golf Course)

Thornton residents also have easy access to the Rocky Mountains for additional hiking, biking, skiing, and other outdoor adventures.

  • Fabulous Community Amenities: Thornton is also home to several sports complexes, fishing and boating facilities, and golf courses. Recreational amenities include lighted tennis courts, multi-purpose fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, playgrounds, skateparks, a disc golf course, dog park, and more, for people of all ages and activity levels.

  • Reasonable Commute: Thornton offers a doable, daily commute by car or light rail to nearby cities. Denver is only about 12 miiles away, while Boulder is 25 miles away.

  • Serene Lifestyle: Enjoy a quieter and more relaxed lifestyle compared to the hustle and bustle of urban city living.

  • Family Friendly, Good Schools: In addition to a superb parks, recreation, and community programs, Thornton operates several elementary, middle, and high schools via the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district. Thornton also offers several private and charter schools.

  • Safety: Thornton is known for its relatively low crime rates and safe neighborhoods, providing an improved sense of security over more urban areas.

From the city to the slopes, the trails to the train, Thornton is where life’s best daily adventures begin. Learn more about our modern new apartments at Fieldhouse.