Thornton has the 155th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 12.3% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Thornton is part of the Denver metro area. Unemployment in the Denver area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Denver has the 18th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Thornton is above average at $54,450, and the median cost of a home in Thornton is $210,600, which is above the national average. 26% of workers in Thornton hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 87% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Thornton. 77% of Thornton workers drive to work alone, 3% take public transit, 12% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Thornton spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.