Thornton, Texas

According to, Thornton, Texas is located in the northeasternmost corner of Texas in the Piney Woods region. The city is known for its rolling hills and scenic landscapes. The climate in Thornton is a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature ranges from a low of 32 degrees Fahrenheit to a high of 97 degrees Fahrenheit.

The history of Thornton dates back to the early 19th century when it was first established as a trading post by settlers from Tennessee. It was then incorporated as a town in 1883, and was eventually incorporated as a city in 1909.

Politically, Thornton is part of the Republican party-dominated state government, with state representatives and senators who represent the district in both chambers of the Texas Legislature.

Economically, Thornton has seen steady growth over the past few decades due to its proximity to larger cities like Dallas and Houston. The city has become an attractive destination for businesses due to its low taxes and business-friendly environment. Additionally, there are several large employers located within the city limits such as Walmart, Kroger, and Home Depot.

Thornton is served by two public school districts: Thornton Independent School District and Spring Hill Independent School District. Both districts offer high quality education that prepares students for success after graduation.

Finally, some notable landmarks in Thornton include the historic T&P Railroad Depot which dates back to 1882, Stinson Park which features playgrounds and picnic areas for families to enjoy outdoors activities together, and Northern Hills Golf Course which offers golfers an opportunity to enjoy a round or two on one of the most beautiful courses around!

Population: 525. Estimated population in July 2020: 545 (+3.8% change)
Males: 260 (49.5%), Females: 265 (50.5%)

Limestone County

Zip code: 76687

Median resident age: 37.4 years
Median household income: $26,607
Median house value: $34,200

Races in Thornton:

  • White Non-Hispanic (83.2%)
  • Hispanic (8.0%)
  • Black (6.5%)
  • Other race (2.9%)
  • American Indian (1.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (14.7%), Irish (12.2%), United States (11.4%), French (6.5%), English (4.4%), Scottish (2.1%).

Elevation: 489 feet

Land area: 1.0 square miles

Thornton, Texas


Located in the heart of North Texas, Thornton is a small city with a population of approximately 5,000 people. The majority of the population is made up of Caucasian Americans, accounting for around 75% of the total population. The remaining 25% is made up of African Americans, Hispanics and other ethnicities. The median age in Thornton is 38 years old and the median household income is $50,000. Most residents are employed in various industries including oil and gas extraction, construction, retail trade and educational services. There are also many small businesses in town that provide services to the local community.

The city has been rapidly growing since its incorporation in 2006 when it had just over 1,000 residents. This growth can be attributed to its close proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as well as its abundance of recreational activities such as golf courses and parks. Additionally, Thornton offers great public schools and higher education opportunities at nearby universities such as University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University. The city’s crime rate is also low compared to other cities in North Texas which makes it an attractive place to live for families looking for a safe community with good job prospects.

For population 25 years and over in Thornton

  • High school or higher: 71.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 4.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.4%
  • Unemployed: 2.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 31.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Thornton town

  • Never married: 19.4%
  • Now married: 52.5%
  • Separated: 3.8%
  • Widowed: 10.6%
  • Divorced: 13.7%

1.5% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -12 (-2.2%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Thornton:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Thornton:

  • WACO REGIONAL (about 47 miles; WACO, TX; Abbreviation: ACT)
  • EASTERWOOD FIELD (about 59 miles; COLLEGE STATION, TX; Abbreviation: CLL)

Other public-use airports nearest to Thornton:

  • MEXIA-LIMESTONE CO (about 17 miles; MEXIA, TX; Abbreviation: LXY)
  • MARLIN (about 20 miles; MARLIN, TX; Abbreviation: T15)
  • TEAGUE MUNI (about 26 miles; TEAGUE, TX; Abbreviation: 68F)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Thornton:

  • TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE-WACO (about 39 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,218)
  • BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (about 39 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 13,183)
  • MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 44 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,658)
  • NAVARRO COLLEGE (about 47 miles; CORSICANA, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,842)
  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 55 miles; COLLEGE STATION, TX; Full-time enrollment: 41,117)
  • TEMPLE COLLEGE (about 59 miles; TEMPLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,054)
  • UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR (about 68 miles; BELTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,257)