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Overview

Introduction to Aurora

Aurora, Colorado is the state's third largest city, and it's known for its cultural food, artistic exhibits, outdoor recreation, and relaxing atmosphere. Sailing, golfing, art, fast-pitch softball, and live theater are examples of common things to do in the city. Its proximity to Denver has long kept it in the realm of Denver suburb. But that is changing as it gains more and more recognition as a city worthy of its own distinction. During the fall of 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower recovered from a heart attack in the city and world attention was then focused on Aurora.

Aurora Culture

The City of Aurora Cultural Arts Program offers the public classes in such subjects as fine arts, dance, pottery, and music. The Aurora Fox Arts Center offers performing arts classes. A summer music concert series as well as concerts in the park are offered. The Aurora History Museum has excellent exhibits chronicling the history and culture of the town. There is a great deal of art in public places around town, which gives Aurora a unique image and allows the city to establish a distinctive aesthetic character. Pottery and fine art sales are common throughout the year. Dance recitals and other performances are held regularly through the City of Aurora Cultural Services Division.

Aurora Sports and Leisure

Aurora sports fans can attend Broncos, Nuggets, Avalanche, and Rockies games. Sports Park in Aurora offers regional and national softball and soccer tournaments on 22 multi-use fields and 12 baseball/softball fields. There are a wide variety of golf courses for the golf lover. These include Saddle Rock, Murphy Creek, Meadow Hills, Aurora Hills, Fitzsimons, Springhill, and Centre Hills. There is always some sports or leisure activity to be a part of, such as cooking, dance, dog training, drama, fitness, gymnastics, mini golf, pottery, racquetball, tennis, and swimming.

Aurora Outdoors

The outdoor lifestyle is a common one in Aurora because the city is close to so much natural beauty. Grandview Dog Park has 5 acres of off-leash dog exercise space just near the Aurora Quincy Reservoir. There are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails to cruise along and enjoy the sunshine. The Morrison Nature Center and Star K Ranch near the Sand Creek Greenway has riding trails, nature hikes, and public workshops. There are two different reservoirs that give people the opportunity to wind sail, bike, walk, or just dive in the water. Garden of the Gods is a beautiful red rock formation at the base of Pikes Peak. Royal Gorge has the world's largest suspension bridge. And Rocky Mountain National Park is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in North America.

Aurora at Night

Those looking for ethnically diverse dining will find more than 100 different restaurants to choose from throughout the city of Aurora. Flavors from across the globe make for an appetizing eating experience any time of year. Nearby Denver has been slowly developing a stellar reputation for young, creative chefs and eclectic dining experiences. Bars, nightclubs, and theater also make for an exciting night on the town.

People

Total Population 345,867
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 166,961
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.9%
Median Earnings25+ $33,424
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,111
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,959

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,186
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 5.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,024
Median House Value $189,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.5%
Irish 7.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aurora Almanac

Category Value
County Arapahoe
Standard Zip Codes 80010, 80011, 80012, 80013, 80014, 80015, 80016, 80017, 80018, 80019, 80220, 80230, 80231, 80247
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80040, 80041, 80042, 80044, 80045, 80046, 80047
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.7
Longitude -104.81

Aurora Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CHERRY CREEK DAM
Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 45 F
Apr Temp 31 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 90 F
Oct Temp 34 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches
Station DENVER INTL AP (DATA FRO
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 43 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 15.8 inches
Station LAKEWOOD
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Aurora, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Buckley Air Natl Guard Base (80011)

Buckley Ang (80011)

Centennial (80015, 80016)

Lowry (80230)

Montclair (80230)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cherry Hills Village 6,329 $250
Commerce City 50,346 $71,383
Denver 649,654 $69,783
Foxfield 683 $117,813
Glendale 4,744 $41,458
Greenwood Village 14,920 $165,813

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aurora Public Libraries

Library
Aurora Public Library
14949 E ALAMEDA PARKWAY
Aurora, Colorado
(303) 739-6640

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Aurora Hospitals

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(Proprietary)
1501 S POTOMAC ST
(303) 695-2600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Aurora High Schools

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SMOKY HILL HIGH SCHOOL
16100 EAST SMOKY HILL ROAD
720-886-5300
Serves 2,733 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

GRANDVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
20500 EAST ARAPAHOE ROAD
720-886-6500
Serves 2,548 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

AURORA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
11700 EAST 11TH AVENUE
303-340-1600
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,195 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

RANGEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
17599 EAST ILIFF AVENUE
303-695-6848
Serves 2,074 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

OVERLAND HIGH SCHOOL
12400 EAST JEWELL AVENUE
720-747-3700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,039 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

GATEWAY HIGH SCHOOL
1300 SOUTH SABLE BLVD
303-755-7160
Serves 1,738 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

HINKLEY HIGH SCHOOL
1250 CHAMBERS ROAD
303-340-1500
Serves 1,661 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

OPTIONS SCHOOL
11351 E. MONTVIEW BLVD.
303-340-0666
A Non-traditional School
Serves 877 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 51.3

CHEROKEE TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
25901 ARAPAHOE PARKWAY
720-886-1900
Serves 443 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

WILLIAM SMITH HIGH SCHOOL
875 PEORIA STREET
303-364-8715
A Non-traditional School
Serves 245 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

HARTENBACH HIGH SCHOOL
500 AIRPORT BLVD
303-340-0818
A Non-traditional School
Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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