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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Aurora is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 0.00% of the Aurora workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Aurora is a city of sales and office workers, transportation and shipping workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Aurora who work in office and administrative support (0.00%), sales jobs (0.00%), and personal care services (0.00%).

One downside of living in Aurora, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.47 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

One important feature of Aurora is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.02% 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.

Aurora is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Aurora really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Aurora citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Aurora ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Aurora a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The percentage of people in Aurora who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.47% of adults in Aurora have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Aurora in 2010 was $27,077, which is middle income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,308 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 28.63% 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 19.83% of the city’s population.

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