Aurora, CO
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Aurora profile


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.

Aurora is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Aurora. This makes Aurora a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Aurora presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One downside of living in Aurora is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Aurora, the average commute to work is 30.67 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

One important feature of Aurora is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.78% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Aurora anyway. So, if you like to drive, Aurora is the city for you! The landscape around Aurora reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

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 2018 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Aurora's cultural character, accounting for 19.85% of the city’s population.

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