Aurora, Colorado

Aurora: The third most populous city in Colorado and the center of the Denver metropolitan area. It is located east of Denver. Aurora is known for its growing population, its diverse culture, and its many attractions, such as the Aurora Municipal Center and the Aurora Fox Arts Center.

About

Aurora is a city located in the county of Adams in the U.S. state of Colorado. Its population at the 2010 census was 325,078 and a population density of 2,742 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 387,377 inhabitants.

The city was created 189 years ago in 1834.

Aurora is a city located just outside Denver in the central part of Colorado. With about 387,000 residents, it is the third largest city in the state.

Originally founded as a military outpost, Aurora has grown into a thriving and diverse suburban community. It serves as a family-friendly home base for exploring Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

Top Attractions and Activities

Nature and Outdoors

Aurora's high elevation and dry climate lends itself to outdoor recreation. Popular spots include the Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora Reservoir, and the High Line Canal Trail. Fantastic hiking, biking and scenery can be found in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

Cultural Attractions

The architecturally impressive Aurora Cultural Arts District includes the Aurora Fox Arts Center and Vintage Theatre. The Aurora History Museum provides an in-depth look at local history.

Family Entertainment

VR Junkies offers cutting edge virtual reality experiences. For family fun try Miniature Golf Adventures or the amusement rides at Enchanted Village of Lights. Aurora Sports Park has batting cages and go karts.

Diverse Dining

Aurora offers many authentic ethnic restaurants reflecting its diversity, including Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and more. Local favorites include Pho 99 and La Cueva.

Planning Your Visit

Summers are mild but can get hot. Spring and fall offer ideal weather for exploring.

Downtown has a hotel and dining scene, but many accommodations run along major highways.

The city is easy to navigate by car. Light rail and buses provide public transit to Denver.

For an affordable and convenient home base near Denver with outdoor access, mark Aurora as a top lodging choice. Let me know if you would like me to modify or add anything to this initial draft.

Aurora locator map
Location of Aurora on Colorado map.

Quick Facts about Aurora

Population : 387,377 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Colorado (United States)
County : Adams County
Postal code : 60503, 60502, 60505, 60504, 60506
Area : 118.55 km2
Official name : Aurora
Altitude : 722 feet / 220 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1835 (189 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−05:00, UTC−06:00
Local time : 16:48:18 (20th April 2024)
Density : 3,268 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 16.08% (2010-2020)
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Aurora Stolp Island Fox R
Aurora Stolp Island Fox R image

Geography

Aurora is located at 39°43'46"N 104°49'55"W (39.7294300, -104.8319200).

Aurora map

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Demographics

The population of Aurora increased by 16.08% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2008 171,782 - census
2010 325,078 47.16% census
2011 332,730 2.3% estimation process
2012 339,261 1.93% estimation process
2013 345,613 1.84% estimation process
2014 352,660 2% estimation process
2015 360,098 2.07% estimation process
2016 363,277 0.88% estimation process
2017 367,574 1.17% estimation process
2018 374,572 1.87% estimation process
2019 379,289 1.24% estimation process
2020 387,377 2.09% estimation process

Demographic Facts

Estimated population as of July 1, 2019 : 9,930
Based on demographic estimates as of April 1, 2010 : 9,580
Based on demographic estimates as of 1 April 2010 : 3.7%
April 1, 2020 Population : 9,963
April 1, 2010 Population : 9,614
People under 5 years old, percentage : 5.3%
People under 18 years old, percentage : 21.8%
People over 65 (%) : 13.8%
Female persons, % : 51.3%
White only, percent : 84.2%
Black or African American alone, percent : 0.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native only, % : 0.0%
Asians alone % : 3.2%
Only Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, % : 0.0%
% of people who have participated in two or more races : 1.6%
% of Hispanic or Latino : 27.2%
White people, not Hispanic or Latino people, make up the majority of the population. : 67.3%
2015-2019 Veterans : 480
Percentage of foreign-born people, 2015-2019 : 16.6%
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 50.4%

Aurora zip code is 80010. County name: Arapahoe, County fips: 08005

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Economic Facts

Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 50.4%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $409,500
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,939
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $489
2015-2019 median gross rent : $1,206
2015-2019 Households : 3,957
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.46
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 84.3%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 28.2%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 93.3%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 81.1%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 89.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 40.1%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 5.2%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 18.7%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 75.2%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 68.7%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 100,950
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 273,342
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 5,269
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 462,477
2012 total retail sales per capita : $47,791
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 26.1
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $66,693
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $33,582
Percentage of people living in poverty : 9.2%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 1,920
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 1,022
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 530
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 176
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 1,578
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 130
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 1,613
2010 population per square mile : 1,692.1
2010 land area in square miles : 5.68
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 56.3%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $103,200
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,127
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $477
2015-2019 median gross rent : $816
2015-2019 Households : 53,757
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.27
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 83.5%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 10.8%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 85.3%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 69.5%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 90.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 28.6%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 10.4%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 9.9%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 63.4%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 59.7%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 291,106
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 1,641,332
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 2,455,951
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 2,185,852
2012 total retail sales per capita : $17,085
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 17.2
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $47,999
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $27,968
Percentage of people living in poverty : 14.4%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 8,993
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 4,706
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 2,981
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 1,219
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 7,161
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 835
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 7,406
2010 population per square mile : 2,118.6
2010 land area in square miles : 60.17
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 31.0%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $58,100
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,069
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $421
2015-2019 median gross rent : $638
2015-2019 Households : 8,235
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.04
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 79.9%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 3.9%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 73.2%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 52.5%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 82.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 12.4%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 14.7%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 7.0%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 50.3%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 48.8%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 14,505
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 50,865
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 13,692
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 55,058
2012 total retail sales per capita : $3,130
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 25.5
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $20,743
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $16,775
Percentage of people living in poverty : 37.5%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 1,105
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 326
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 733
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 944
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 119
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 110
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 952
2010 population per square mile : 5,782.4
2010 land area in square miles : 3.09

People born in Aurora (158)

People born in Aurora, including novelist Elizabeth Linington, screenwriter Paul Scheuring, basketball sportscaster Chick Hearn, .

List

  • Clive Cussler (American novelist) he was born in 15/07/1931
  • Vasile Louis Puscas (Catholic bishop) he was born in 13/09/1915
  • Brad Childress (American football player and coach) he was born in 27/06/1956
  • Dennis Hastert (American politician: U.S. Speaker of the House) he was born in 02/01/1942
  • Paul Sereno (paleontologist) he was born in 11/10/1957
  • Arthur Fickenscher (American composer) he was born in 09/03/1871
  • Phillip Johnson (American legal academic) he was born in 18/06/1940
  • Nathaniel (American Romanian Orthodox clergyman) he was born in 12/06/1940
  • Bob Carney (American basketball player) he was born in 03/08/1932
  • Charles Henry Dietrich (American politician (1853-1924)) he was born in 26/11/1853
  • Quavas Kirk (USSF D2 Pro League player) he was born in 13/04/1988
  • David Tilman (American ecologist) he was born in 22/07/1949
  • Earl Eby (American middle distance runner) he was born in 18/11/1894
  • Tom Petranoff (Athletics competitor, javelin thrower) he was born in 08/04/1958
  • Kenny Battle (American basketball player) he was born in 10/10/1964
  • Tim Mahoney (American politician) he was born in 16/08/1956
  • Aaron McGhee (American basketball player) he was born in 28/06/1979
  • Carl Thomas (singer) he was born in 15/06/1972

Schools in Aurora

College & universities near Aurora, CO

Code Name City ZIP
126562 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver (CO) 80217-3364
126687 Concorde Career College-Aurora Aurora (CO) 80010-4314
126863 Community College of Aurora Aurora (CO) 80011-9036
469160 Cortiva Institute-Aurora Aurora (CO) 80012-2523
476975 Colorado State University-Global Campus Aurora (CO) 80011-0000

Stations (12)

Amtrak & bus stations near Aurora, CO

Code Name Address Type
DEB Denver (Bus Station), Colorado 1055 19th Street BUS
DEN Union Station 1701 Wynkoop Street RAIL
BLD Boulder, Colorado 30th & Diagonal Highway BUS
LGM Longmont, Colorado 623 Main St. BUS
PJT Pine Junction, CO 76 Mount Evans Boulevard BUS

Post offices near Aurora

Post Office Name City ZIP
Hoffman Heigh Post Office Aurora (CO) 80011
Altura Post Office Aurora (CO) 80011
Aurora Post Office Aurora (CO) 80017
Buckingham Post Office Aurora (CO) 80012
Fletcher Post Office Aurora (CO) 80010

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Other cities in Adams County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Adams County , CO.

City Name Population Title
Thornton 148,113 The seventh most populous city in Colorado.
Westminster 115,046 The most populous city in Adams County, Colorado.
Commerce City 60,336 The most populous city in Adams County, Colorado.
Brighton 40,783 A city in Adams County, Colorado.
Northglenn 38,845 City in Colorado
Sherrelwood 18,287 Census-designated place in Adams County, Colorado
Welby 14,846 Census-designated place in Colorado
Lone Tree 13,614 City in Douglas County, Colorado, United States of America
Federal Heights 13,598 City in Adams County, Colorado, United States
Berkley 11,207 Census designated place
Twin Lakes 6,101 City in Freeborn County, Minnesota, United States of America
Todd Creek 3,768 Census-designated place in Adams County, Colorado
Bennett 3,017 Town in Colorado

Distance to Other Cities

Aurora distances to largest Colorado cities