Founded in 1891, Aurora holds distinction as Colorado's third most-populated city. The original center of activity in Aurora was along Colfax Avenue, which served as a main route to the now closed Stapleton Airport. Many of the "motor lodge" style motels remain along this motor route, giving the area a "retro" ambiance. The new Aurora town center shifted to a more centrally located corridor along Alameda Avenue, with newly built government buildings, public spaces, and shopping districts. The original business area along Colfax Avenue has been developed into the East End Arts District where you will discover restaurants, galleries, and the Aurora Fox Theatre. Locals consider Aurora a suburb of Denver, offering close proximity to the capital city's best offerings, but with far less traffic and more room to grow.
Aurora began in the 1880s as a four square mile real estate investment that was abandoned by its investor; However, the city eventually become the fastest growing city in the U.S. Aurora has served as the home for many military servicemen. In 1918 the U.S. Army built a military hospital in Aurora that provided important care for wounded servicemen after World War II. The Lowry Air Force Base opened in 1938 and continued operations until 1994. And, the Army Air Corps built Buckley field in 1942, which now serves as the base for the Colorado Air National Guard and the 460th Space Wing of the Air Force Space Command.
Located in the high plains, east of the Rocky Mountains, Aurora enjoys plenty of sunshine and well below average amounts of precipitation. The climate is dry and comfortable, with daytime summer temperatures in the 90s. In winter, the temperature often dips below freezing at night, then warming into the 40s or higher during the daylight hours.
Aurora is served by Denver’s Regional Transportation District, which includes light rail and bus service. Light rail is currently under expansion along the I-225 corridor and along the East Rail Line, eventually connecting Denver and Aurora public transportation with Denver International Airport.
Cost of Living in Aurora
The cost of living in Aurora is a modest 2.3% above the national average, with residents enjoying lower energy and utility costs. Use these cost of living tools to determine how your current budget matches living in Aurora.
There are 81 public schools and 20 private elementary and secondary schools serving families in Aurora. Additionally, 12 post-secondary schools supplement the offerings of Denver-based colleges and universities.
The University of Colorado Hospital is the number one ranked medical facility in Aurora, the Denver metropolitan area and the state of Colorado. This hospital is also nationally ranked in nine specialties. If you’re moving to Aurora, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:
Aurora Real Estate
Average home prices in Aurora are lower than many of the surrounding cities, but the continued city expansion is leading to a steady rise in home prices, increasing over 17% in 2012. Use the links below to explore properties in Aurora.
With close proximity to Denver International Airport and the business community along the I-225 corridor, there are many quality options for overnight accommodations when visiting Aurora. Use these links to find places to stay in Aurora.
No matter what flavor you are in the mood for, Aurora has you covered! Authentic Mexican and American choices are plentiful in the city. For something more exotic, consider The Nile Ethiopian Restaurant on Havana Street or Thai Flavor on South Peoria for spicy traditional cuisine from Thailand. If Italian is what you have in mind, The Bent Noodle on South Parker Road is a popular local favorite and highly rated by 5280 Magazine and local entertainment weekly, Westword. Explore great local restaurants using the links below.
Things to Do in Aurora
In Colorado, people thrive on being outdoors. Aurora provides plentiful opportunities for keeping active. From 7 public golf courses to a trail network that connects with Denver and beyond, there is little reason to stay indoors. Take in a musical or dramatic performance at The Fox Theatre and then head in to Denver to catch the nightly fireworks at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, the nation’s only downtown amusement and water park.