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Thornton, California - Basic Facts

The Thornton Census Designated Place had a population of 1,185 as of July 1, 2016. Thornton ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Thornton is located at latitude 38.2297 and longitude -121.4261 in San Joaquin County. The formal boundaries for the Thornton Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. San Joaquin County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 13 feet.

The Thornton Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2628795) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Thornton Census Designated Place is located within Thornton CCD of San Joaquin County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Thornton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Thornton, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,185
Population in Households 1,185
Population in Familes 1,053
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 556
Diversity Index2 86


Total Households 322
Average Household Size 3.68
Family Households 251
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 338 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 144 (42.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 178 (52.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 16 ( 4.7%)
Median Home Value $215,625
Average Home Value $393,448


Median Household Income $43,005
Average Household Income $63,268
Per Capita Income $18,147
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.71% 0.91%
Households 0.51% 0.73%
Families 0.13% 0.71%
Median Household Income   1.59%
Per Capita Income   2.03%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Thornton, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Thornton to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1009 33rd
Population Density1 # 916 40th
Diversity Index2 # 134 91st
Median Household Income # 1111 27th
Per Capita Income # 1228 19th

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