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Overview

Introduction to Aurora, Illinois

The Illinois city of Aurora is located about 42 miles west of Chicago along the Illinois East/West Tollway Corridor. Although traditionally considered as belonging to Kane County, the city limits of Aurora actually span portions of four counties (the others being DuPage, Kendall, and Will Counties). Nearby communities include Geneva (to the north), De Kalb (to the west), Oswega (to the south), and Woodridge (to the east). Illinois State Highway 31 bisects the city, which is also serviced by State Highway 56 and U.S. Routes 30 and 34.

Founded in 1837 by New York natives Joseph and Samuel McCarty, Aurora was originally named McCarty Mills. When it merged with neighboring West Aurora, the two communities incorporated as one in 1857. Known as the "City of Lights," Aurora in 1881 became the first city in the United States to use electric lights for lighting all of the city's streets. For part of the early 1900s, Aurora was home to six different automobile companies, all of which eventually folded. Manufacturing, however, remained a strong part of the city's economy throughout both World Wars and during the Depression years. It wasn't until the 1970s and 1980s that many factories started to close and the city began turning to alternate sources of revenue. A riverboat casino was welcomed into the city's downtown area and development ensued both around the casino and in nearby residential communities. Subsequently, many business parks sprang up on the outer edges of the city and Aurora experienced a large population surge during the last decade of the 20th century. The trend is ongoing as businesses today continue to expand and people continue to move into the area.

Things to do in Aurora

Aurora is replete with attractions, including several museums and theaters, a casino, water parks, and trails for many types of outdoor recreation. The Hollywood Casino, which features over 53,000 square feet of gaming space and includes two restaurants and a robust collection of movie memorabilia, is located in downtown Aurora. Also in the city's downtown area is the Paramount Arts Centre, a large live performance theater built in 1931 in a unique hybrid of Art Deco and French Renaissance. Other year-round theater venues in the city include the First Street Playhouse and the Riverfront Playhouse. Other notable places of interest in the city include the following:

  • Aurora Regional Fire Museum: Features displays of vintage firefighting equipment and memorabilia related to the 1871 Chicago Fire
  • SciTech Interactive Science Museum: Offers hands-on exhibits demonstrating the principles of electricity, weather, astronomy and nuclear energy
  • African-American Heritage Museum & Black Veterans Archives: Mixed-media exhibits chronicle significant events in African-American history
  • David L. Pierce Art & History Center: Rotating art exhibits and a large collection of photographs, maps, books, and other memorabilia
  • The Grand Army of the Republic Hall: Originally built in 1878 as a monument to Aurora's Civil War Veterans
  • Phillips Park Zoo: Established in 1915
  • Sunken Garden: A spectacular display of 15,000 flowers and a three-tiered fountain
  • Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Complex: America's first railroad roundhouse originally constructed in 1856 is also home to the Walter Payton Museum
  • Blackberry Farm’s Pioneer Village: A combination amusement park and museum
  • Aurora Historical Museum: Located in the historic William Tanner House, built in 1856
  • Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures

Minor league baseball in the Aurora area can be found in the neighboring city of Geneva, home of the Kane County Cougars, a Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The Cougars, who play their home games at Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium, belong to the Midwest League. Major league action is not too far away, as the city of Chicago is within an hour's drive. Included among Chicago's teams are the following:

  • Major League Baseball (American League): White Sox
  • Major League Baseball (National League): Cubs
  • National Football League: Bears
  • National Basketball Association: Bulls
  • National Hockey League: Blackhawks
  • WNBA women's basketball: Sky
  • Major League Soccer: Fire
  • Major League Lacrosse: Machine
  • ABA basketball: Rockstars
  • AFL Arena Football: Rush

Demographics

People

Total Population200,946
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens8.4%
Employed Population 16+96,531
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married50%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.3%
Median Earnings25+$37,334
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,476
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,052

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,033
% Above Poverty Level86.9%
% Below Poverty Level13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation4.1%

Housing

People Living Alone20.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,145
Median House Value$170,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)58.1%
German12.5%
Irish7.4%
Italian4.4%
Polish4%
English3.7%
French Except Basque1.4%
Swedish1.4%
Norwegian1.2%
Czech0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Scottish0.7%
Russian0.6%
African0.6%
Romanian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Arab0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Serbian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Aurora Almanac

CategoryValue
County Will County, Kane County, DuPage County
Standard Zip Codes60503, 60505, 60502, 60504, 60506
P.O. Box Zip Codes60507, 60598
Company Zip Codes60568, 60569, 60572
Phone Area Codes630, 31
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.71
Approximate Longitude-88.26

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)

StationAURORA
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationDE KALB
Distance28.1 miles
Jan Temp10 to 27 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Batavia26,499$116,378
Montgomery19,187$93,936
North Aurora17,473$100,781
Oswego33,759$110,938
Sugar Grove9,417$115,443
Warrenville13,373$93,929

Aurora Public Libraries

Aurora Public Library
101 SOUTH RIVER STREET
Aurora, Illinois
(630) 264-4106

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Aurora Hospitals

Presence Hospitals Prv - Dba Presence Mercy Medical Center
1325 North Highland Avenue
(630) 859-2222
Copley Memorial Hospital
(Government - Local)
2000 Ogden Avenue
(630) 978-6200

Aurora Public Schools

C I Johnson Elem School
1934 Liberty St
ZIP: 60502
(630) 299-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Francis Granger Middle School
2721 Stonebridge Blvd
ZIP: 60502
(630) 375-3100
Middle
Total Enrollment 991
Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary
2700 Stonebridge Blvd
ZIP: 60502
(630) 375-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 783
Indian Plains Alternative School
1322 N Eola Rd
ZIP: 60502
(630) 375-3375
High
Total Enrollment 71
Metea Valley High School
1801 N Eola Rd
ZIP: 60502
(630) 375-5900
High
Total Enrollment 2749
Nancy Young Elementary School
800 Asbury Dr
ZIP: 60502
(630) 375-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Bednarcik Junior High School
3025 Heggs Rd
ZIP: 60503
(630) 636-3489
Middle
Total Enrollment 713
Homestead Elementary School
2830 Hillsboro Blvd
ZIP: 60503
(630) 636-3489
Primary
Total Enrollment 677
The Wheatlands Elementary School
2290 Barrington Dr
ZIP: 60503
(630) 636-3489
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Wolfs Crossing Elem School
3015 Heggs Rd
ZIP: 60503
(630) 636-3489
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Fischer Middle School
1305 Long Grove Dr
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3100
Middle
Total Enrollment 937
Georgetown Elementary School
995 Long Grove Dr
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3456
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Mccarty Elementary School
3000 Village Green Dr
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 680
Peter M Gombert Elementary Sch
2707 Ridge Rd
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Prairie Children Preschool
780 Shoreline Dr
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3030
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Reba O Steck Elementary School
460 Inverness Dr
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 604
Still Middle School
787 Meadowridge Dr
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3900
Middle
Total Enrollment 846
Waubonsie Valley High School
2590 Ogden Ave
ZIP: 60504
(630) 375-3300
High
Total Enrollment 2527
Anne Garcia Benavides Kindergarten Center
250 E Indian Trl
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5554
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
C F Simmons Middle School
1130 Sheffer Rd
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-4150
Middle
Total Enrollment 1027
C M Bardwell Elem School
550 S Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 830
Child Service Center Preschool
1480 Reckinger Rd
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-7590
Primary
Total Enrollment 131
Early Childhood Dev Cntr
278 E Indian Trl
ZIP: 60505
(630) 844-5102
Primary
Total Enrollment 193
East Aurora Hs Rssp
500 Tomcat Ln
ZIP: 60505
(630) 232-5963
High
Total Enrollment 31
East High School
500 Tomcat Ln
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-8000
High
Total Enrollment 3758
Edna Rollins Elem School
950 Kane St
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5480
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Fred Rodgers Magnet Acad
157 N Root St
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-7175
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
G N Dieterich Elem School
1141 Jackson St
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-8280
Primary
Total Enrollment 608
Henry W Cowherd Middle School
441 N Farnsworth Ave
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5900
Middle
Total Enrollment 975
John Gates Elem School
800 7th Ave
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5600
Primary
Total Enrollment 656
K D Waldo Middle School
56 Jackson St
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-8400
Middle
Total Enrollment 924
L D Brady Elem School
600 Columbia St
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5425
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Mabel O Donnell Elem School
1640 Reckinger Rd
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Nicholas A Hermes Elem School
1000 Jungles Ave
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-8200
Primary
Total Enrollment 778
Oak Park Elem School
1200 Front St
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-8250
Primary
Total Enrollment 646
Olney C Allen Elem School
700 S Farnsworth Ave
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 765
Rose E Krug Elem School
240 Melrose Ave
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5280
Primary
Total Enrollment 292
W S Beaupre Elem School
954 E Benton St
ZIP: 60505
(630) 299-5390
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Freeman Elem School
153 S Randall Rd
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5052
Primary
Total Enrollment 580
Greenman Elem School
729 W Galena Blvd
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5052
Primary
Total Enrollment 687
Hall Elem School
2001 Heather Dr
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5052
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Herget Middle School
1550 Deerpath Rd
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5052
Middle
Total Enrollment 688
Hill Elem School
724 Pennsylvania Ave
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5052
Primary
Total Enrollment 613
Hope D Wall Tmh Child Dev Ctr
449 New Indian Trl Ct
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5052
Other
Total Enrollment 167
Il Mathematics & Science Academy
1500 Sullivan Rd
ZIP: 60506
(630) 907-5053
High
Total Enrollment 650
Jefferson Middle School
1151 Plum St
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5009
Middle
Total Enrollment 697
John C Dunham Stem Partnership School
405 S Gladstone Ave
ZIP: 60506
(630) 844-5626
Primary
Total Enrollment 149
Mccleery Elem School
1002 W Illinois Ave
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5012
Primary
Total Enrollment 618
Smith Elem School
1332 Robinwood Dr
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5052
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Success Academy
1720 N Randall Rd
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5011
Other
Total Enrollment 27
Todd Early Childhood Center
100 Oak Ave
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5016
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Washington Middle School
231 S Constitution Dr
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5017
Middle
Total Enrollment 734
West Aurora High School
1201 W New York St
ZIP: 60506
(630) 301-5600
High
Total Enrollment 3678
West Aurora Hs Rssp
1201 W New York St
ZIP: 60506
(630) 232-5963
High
Total Enrollment 11

Aurora Private Schools

Aurora Montessori School
3180 N Aurora Rd
ZIP: 60502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Gingercare
2850 Ginger Woods Pkwy
ZIP: 60502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Kindercare Learning Centers
3044 Weber Dr
ZIP: 60502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Marmion Academy
1000 Butterfield Rd
ZIP: 60502
Secondary
Total Enrollment 513
Prairie View Montessori
2624 Ginger Woods Pkwy
ZIP: 60502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
All About Kids Montessori School
485 N Commons Dr
ZIP: 60504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Cosmic Montessori Community
1310 Shoreline Dr
ZIP: 60504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
Montessori Children's Garden
2300 Montgomery Rd
ZIP: 60504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Our Lady Of Good Counsel School
601 Talma St
ZIP: 60505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 225
St Joseph Catholic School
706 High St
ZIP: 60505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 179
St Therese Of Jesus School
255 N Farnsworth Ave
ZIP: 60505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Aurora Central Catholic High School
1255 N Edgelawn Dr
ZIP: 60506
Secondary
Total Enrollment 561
Aurora Christian Schools
2255 Sullivan Rd
ZIP: 60506
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 593
Covenant Christian School
10 N Edgelawn Dr
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Fox Valley Montessori School
850 N Commonwealth Ave
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
Holy Angels Catholic School
720 Kensington Pl
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 511
Resurrection Lutheran School
2567 W Sullivan Rd
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 56
Rosary High School
901 N Edgelawn Dr
ZIP: 60506
Secondary
Total Enrollment 427
St Mark's Child Development Center
1995 W Downer Pl
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
St Pauls Lutheran School
85 S Constitution Dr
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
St Peter School
915 Sard Ave
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 142
St Rita Of Cascia School
770 Old Indian Trl
ZIP: 60506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 230
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