Aurora

Population: 200,907Median home value: $168,100Find homes for sale 71 Ranks better than 69% of areas

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Aurora, Illinois is a highly populated city with a population of 200,907 residents. 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. Aurora could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 32 years old is below the nation’s average. 73% of the people in Aurora (over the age of 15) are married and 44% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Aurora is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Illinois, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in Aurora and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Illinois and national averages.

Aurora has a livability score of 71 out of 100 and is ranked #209 in Illinois and #8,929 in the USA. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Aurora scores well for amenities (A+), crime (B) and housing (B+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Aurora. The following was graded with a discouraging score: weather (F) and education (F).

Aurora real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Aurora. 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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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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