Aurora, CO
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Living in Aurora


Aurora is a large city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 374,114 people and 83 constituent neighborhoods, Aurora is the third largest community in Colorado.

Aurora is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Aurora is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Aurora who work in office and administrative support (13.75%), sales jobs (9.76%), and management occupations (8.61%).

Also of interest is that Aurora has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One thing noticeable about Aurora, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Aurora is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Aurora a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Aurora is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

In Aurora, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.67 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Of the large cities in America, Aurora is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 80.78% of people in Aurora drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Aurora, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Aurora is having a public transportation system, but in Aurora the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Aurora benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The overall education level of Aurora citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.08% of adults in Aurora have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Aurora in 2010 was $28,854, which is middle income relative to Colorado, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $115,416 for a family of four. However, Aurora contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Aurora is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Aurora home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Aurora residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Aurora also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.44% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Aurora include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

In addition, Aurora has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.85%).

The most common language spoken in Aurora is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.