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Thornton, California - Basic Facts

The Thornton Census Designated Place had a population of 1,215 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Thornton, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,215
Daytime Population: Workers 351
Daytime Population: Residents 816
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,167
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.96
Population in Households 1,215
Population in Familes 1,078
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 570
Diversity Index3 86


Median Household Income $46,221
Average Household Income $67,839
Per Capita Income $19,509


Total Housing Units 349 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 149 (42.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 183 (52.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 18 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $221,875
Average Home Value $398,490


Total Households 331
Average Household Size 3.67
Family Households 257
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.96% 1.03%
Households 0.82% 0.95%
Families 0.44% 0.92%
Median Household Income   2.19%
Per Capita Income   2.98%

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, 2017 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 # 1001 34th
Population Density # 914 40th
Diversity Index # 140 91st
Median Household Income # 1043 31st
Per Capita Income # 1191 22nd

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