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  • Aurora has a Livability Score of 65/100, which is considered below average
  • Aurora crime rates are 23% higher than the Colorado average
  • Cost of living in Aurora is 4% lower than the Colorado average
  • Aurora real estate prices are 22% lower than the Colorado average
  • Rental prices in Aurora are 3% higher than the Colorado average

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      Aurora, CO

      Going to Denver? Leaving Denver? Odds are you’ll be going through Aurora.

      Back in the day, if you were headed east or west from Denver, the City of Aurora was one of the last things you would see in your rear-view mirror. Today, it’s the third-largest city in Colorado and it’s known as the “Gateway To The Rockies”. Aurora is much more than a stop to fill up the car and grab a quick bite to eat before heading out to your destination.

      As Denver has grown, so has Aurora. Lowry Air Force Base is gone, reinvented as an administrative center. In its place is the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum. With 182,000 square feet of hanger space, it is one of the largest displays of aircraft history and space vehicles.

      While the museum features the history of flight and growth of technology and looks forward, the Plains Conservation Center and Wildlife Preserve provides a view in the opposite direction – back in time. The Conservation Center maintains an open prairie space that provides a glimpse into pioneer prairie life of one hundred years ago. Today Aurora is home to the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, a renowned world leader in medical education, research, and treatment.

      In Aurora itself, there are 85,000 square feet of exhibit and events space, with adequate hotel lodging. Independent businesses have found a home in the Stanly Marketplace, a renovated factory. At the same time, restaurants have grown up, with a myriad of choices from Afghan to Vietnamese cuisine. Aurora maintains its interest in the outdoors and outdoor recreation with seven golf courses, a network of hiking trails for all levels of hikers and is a bicycle-friendly community.

      While Aurora has grown and expanded from being a highway stop on the way in or out of Denver, it has remained a family-friendly community. Homebuyers are attracted to the variety of housing stock, and the new housing and shopping developments. It is less expensive to live in Aurora than in Denver. The median home value is approximately $205,000 while comparable housing in Denver is around $400,000.

      Aurora is often used as a starting point for a Colorado vacation. It’s close to Denver to explore the neighborhoods and museums. It’s a great starting or ending place for day trips into the Rocky Mountains to explore High Country. There is easy access to reach sites that highlight the history and scenic beauty of Colorado. Easy highway access makes exploring the back roads and small towns along the Front Range easy and enjoyable.

      Aurora has become a growing city that offers the opportunity to sample the best of urban life and Westerns history and culture.

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      Aurora Reviews

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      Healthcare Services Part of the Larger Aurora Community

      Attractions9/10
      Community9/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping8/10
      I echo other comments I've read here. The city is beautiful, and the community is as amazing as it is diverse. On the east side of Denver, you don't have to be a skier to find great winter activities like tubing. And then there's the consistent parade of art events, connected to museums and otherise. The drive into the city isn't great, but it's seemingly no worse than other parts of the metro area. And there is the light rail system which isn't bad. I'm proud to be part of the healthcare community in Aurora. I think our combination of family medicine and urgent care also reflects the family-friendly, young singles, and overall diversity of the community: Rocky Mountain Urgent Care in Aurora.
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      Travel To Majestic Aurora, CO

      Attractions10/10
      Community9/10
      Nightlife8/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping10/10
      When my husband and I planned to visit Aurora, Colorado, he was so excited to show me around his childhood city. We were invited to stay with his family for a week and, since they have lived in Aurora most of their lives, they knew all of the good places to visit. We traveled to Aurora in the early winter and, although the drive was tedious and boring, the city landscape was breathtakingly beautiful. We marveled at the artwork that seemed to be everywhere in the city and thoroughly enjoyed visiting a handful of the numerous museums in the area. In addition to the scenery and museums, there are plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from. The public transportation system was very nice and inexpensive, so we did not have to worry much over parking wherever we decided to go.

      Since we traveled to Aurora in the winter, my husband took me snow tubing and sledding, neither of which I had done before. It was a blast! I enjoyed snow tubing the most and cannot wait to do it again. I also had a lot of fun shopping in a few of the large malls around town. There was so much to see and do that we could not fit it all into one short trip. The only negative thing about visiting Aurora was the sinus problems I had from the dramatic climate change, because the air is very thin and dry in Colorado. Other than that, it was a great place to visit, and it is located right next to the beautiful capital city of Denver. Overall, we had a wonderful time in Aurora, and there is something for everyone.
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      Aurora CO City Review

      Attractions8/10
      Community9/10
      Nightlife5/10
      Dining5/10
      Shopping8/10
      I currently live in Denver, but regularly visit Aurora because it is one of the most interesting and diverse suburbs in the larger metropolitan area. In the last decade, numerous immigrants have settled in Aurora, the third-largest city in Colorado. On Parker Road, one of Aurora's most important streets, Indian groceries share shopping-center space with Pakistani video stores, Korean barbeque restaurants, and other ethnic eating and shopping options. The center of Aurora's immigrant culture is H-Mart, a massive Asian grocery store on Parker Road with an excellent food court. The Dim Sum is fantastic from many of the restaurants in the food court!

      Other Aurora attractions and things to do include the Aurora History Museum, which regularly holds shows by local artists in addition to their informative displays on the city's history and culture. Cherry Creek Reservoir, in the northwest corner of the city, is a popular spot for boating and swimming, and is surrounded by lots of hiking and biking trails. Getting to and from Aurora is easy, even if you don't have a car, since Denver's light-rail system makes several regular stops throughout the city of Aurora.
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      Source: The Aurora, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).