What makes Aurora a great place to live?

With more than 6,000 acres of open space, Aurora is home to more than 100 parks, three public reservoirs and seven public golf courses. Morrison Nature Center, a protected habitat for wildlife, connects to the Sand Creek Greenway trail for hiking within the city. Residents enjoy fishing, boating and picnicking at the Aurora and Quincy Reservoirs and strolling along the boardwalk and butterfly garden of Jewell Wetland.

Arts and culture opportunities abound in Aurora. Attend an event at the Aurora Symphony Orchestra at the Fox Arts Center, which holds year-round performances. In the heart of the city’s municipal district, the Aurora History Museum features a permanent exhibit and two rotating galleries.

CITY OVERVIEW: AURORA

Population: 362,249
Median household income: $59,467
Median home value: $253,400
Median gross rent 2013-2017: $1,163
Average commute: 26.6 min
Data from Data USA and the U.S. Census

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked No. 1 Best Large Cities for Women in the Workforce from NerdWallet Finance
  • Debuted at No. 10 in ParkScore's Best Park Systems in the United States from the Trust for Public Land
  • Among 100 Best Communities for Young People – America’s Promise Alliance
  • Awarded Honorable Mention City Livability Award – U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Won Top Innovator Award in Operations for Aurora Public Library – Urban Library Council

Local Schools

Families in Aurora have the opportunity to find public and private schools for their child’s primary education.

Family-Friendly Activities

Aurora is only a few minutes away from downtown Denver, and there is no lack on fun, interactive activities you and your family can enjoy. Take the kids along from some cultural learning at the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, the city’s volunteer ensemble providing performances in artists such as Gershwin or performances of “The Nutcracker.” If you’re looking to grace the stage yourself, the Aurora Fox Arts Center offers drama classes for ages 4 all the way up to adults. You can watch performances from talented artists each theatre season.

Within Aurora, the family can enjoy trails and open space throughout the city. Aurora is home to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. Previously a location for government testing, this rehabilitated land now includes 10 miles of hiking trails, fishing and more than 330 species living on the sanctuary including bison, deer, white pelicans, coyotes and more.

After enjoying one of Colorado’s many historical sites, take your curiosity to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Inside, pretend to fly a plane through the skies in one of many flight simulators or explore the many aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, military uniforms and more.

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Colorado: Adventures indoors and out

Whether you’re a city or outdoors person – or a mix of both – Colorado is your playground. 

 

With a mild climate and plenty of sunshine, Colorado residents relish their time outdoors. The numbers speak for themselves: Colorado boasts four national parks, two national recreation areas, three national historical trails, 11 national forests, 44 state parks and 323 state wildlife areas and 53 of the Rocky Mountains’ tallest peaks. Breathtaking ski resorts and hiking trails continue to spellbind visitors and long-time Coloradoans alike.

 

Colorado’s urban life offers endless recreation opportunities, too. A cultural hub, Denver is home to seven professional sports teams and the Denver Performing Arts Center—the largest facility of its kind.

 

Explore Nearby Cities

Can’t find the home you are looking for in Aurora? Preview nearby cities and towns that offer an average commute of less than 30 minutes.

Living In Centennial

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
13,506 $112,554 $452,700 $2,235 28.8 min

Living In Bennett

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
27,817 $59,497 $193,000 $1,292 22.9 min

Living In Littleton

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
5,217 $52,646 $295,700 $885 20.4 min

Living In Glendale

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
6,346 $98,397 $333,000 $1,681 20.4 min

Living In Parker

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
34,956 $58,750 $173,500 $1,243 22.4 min

Living In Lone Tree

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
7,180 $65,972 $273,700 $1,137 26.7 min