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A+ Aurora Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Aurora Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Illinois
Aurora
982% less expensive than the US average
Illinois
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Aurora cost of living
B+ Aurora Crime Total crime is 36% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,58043% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6443% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Aurora crime
D+ Aurora Employment Household income is 8% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$63,96716% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$26,98910% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%10% higher than the US average
Aurora employment
B+ Aurora Housing Home value is 4% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$168,1009% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,10416% higher than the US average
Home ownership
65%2% higher than the US average
Aurora real estate or Aurora rentals
F Aurora Schools HS graduation rate is 14% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
73%12% lower than the US average
School test scores
31%38% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
24:151% higher than the US average
Aurora K-12 schools or Aurora colleges

Living in Aurora, IL

Aurora is a highly populated city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 200,907 inhabitants. With a population density of 4,477 people per square mile, Aurora is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Aurora identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 37% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. With an average age of 32 years old, Aurora could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Aurora might be a good fit as 73% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 44% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Aurora, Illinois. With useful information like crime, cost of living, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Aurora and in the areas around Aurora is a much easier task.

Aurora has a livability score of 71/100 and is ranked #209 in Illinois and #8,929 in the USA. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Aurora ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B) and housing (B+). On a more negative note, Aurora does not have favorable ranks for the following: weather (F) and education (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Aurora on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Aurora: Hollywood Casino, Chicago Premiun Outlet, and Blackberry Farm.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Aurora can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Aurora is actually affordable. The median home price for Aurora homes is $168,100, which is 3.8% lower than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Aurora, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 13.3% lower than the Illinois average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Aurora will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Aurora, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 7.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.8%.

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Compare Aurora, IL Livability To Other Cities

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The town has a lot amenities, however it is more expensive than most. I have found the they have additional service fees on Mobile phones, cable as well as utilities.

You can get to anything quickly but traffic is awful. Be careful in most areas in the evening, never have a comfortable feeling after dark.

The Riverboat Hollywood Casino is the big attraction, and with that being open 24/7 brings in a lot of problems. The town of Joliet not to far down the road offers yet another riverboat casino doubling the enticement for crime.

Living in Aurora is cheaper than neighboring communities however they are extremely pricey for the conditions of the facilitates.
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Shopping8/10
I have traveled to Aurora, Illinois on many occasions to shop, dine and even gamble in the riverboat on the Fox River. Being able to travel to Aurora regularly because of its proximity is definitely a perk, but the sprawling city has grown a lot in the last twenty years and like most other large cities, Aurora has its good and bad parts. The small town main street is still intact, but there are a lot of additional attractions and shopping centers that attract out of towners as well.

One of the biggest attractions in Aurora is the Hollywood Casino riverboat, located very near the downtown area on the Fox River. The riverboat has a casino, fine and buffet dining and shopping all in one place. Since it is located in downtown Aurora, you can walk right over and explore the little shops, restaurants and cafes. My favorite attraction in Aurora though is the Outlet Mall which has some of the best shopping and at a discount. Overall, there is a lot to do in Aurora, but it helps to know the area.
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Source: The Aurora, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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