Aurora city, Colorado

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Aurora city, Colorado

Aurora city, Colorado
Nickname(s):The Gateway to the Rockies The Sunrise of Colorado
Incorporated:1929
Population
- Total:325.078 (2010)
- Density:2.097,3/sq mi (810,7/sq km)
Area code(s):303, 720
Time zone:MST (UTC-7)
Summer Time zone:MDT (UTC-6)
Website:www.auroragov.org
Area
- Total:156 sq mi (403 sq km)
- Land:155 sq mi (401 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (2 sq km)
- % water:0,50 %
Latitude:+39.6880021
Longitude:-104.6897400

Quick information summary of the Aurora city area.

Aurora city is located in the state of Colorado. It occupies the area of 156 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 155 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Aurora city lies at +39.6880021, -104.6897400 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 325.078 living in the Aurora city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (61.13%), Black or African American (15.75%) and Some Other Race (11.69%). Median age is 32 for the males and 34 for the females.

Aurora is a city and a Home Rule Municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado. With 325,078 inhabitants, it is the third most populous city in Colorado, behind Denver and Colorado Springs.

Aurora is also the second principal city in the Denver Metro Area, which has 2.4 million inhabitants.

The city is often called “The Gateway to the Rockies” and “The Sunrise of Colorado.”

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Statistical data for the Aurora city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

Total
325,078
White alone
198,72061.13 %
Black or African American alone
51,19615.75 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,1000.95 %
Asian alone
16,0864.95 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1,0020.31 %
Some Other Race alone
38,00411.69 %
Two or More races
16,9705.22 %

Profile of the Aurora city

History of Aurora

Aurora started in the 1880 as a town called Fletcher, named after a businessman from Denver who staked out some parts of land east of his hometown. After the Silver Crash in 1893, the town was impoverished and its founder fled the community, leaving it with a large debt. Fletcher was incorporated in 1903 and in 1907, residents decided to change the name of the town to Aurora. The town grew very slowly but steadily, remaining in the shadow of Denver, until the 1970s, when it entered a period of unprecedented growth and became one of the fastest-growing American cities.

Aurora was long perceived as one of the larger Denver suburbs, and to some extent it still is. The city’s area at one point surpassed that of Denver, although most of its area is undeveloped and the city lacks a traditional central business district. Aurora has only a few notable skyscrapers and it is mostly suburban.

The city’s growth was partially owed to the military presence. Fitzsimons Army Hospital opened in 1918, Lowry Air Force Base opened in 1938 and Buckley Air Force Base was built in 1942. Aurora was in the center of world attention in 1955 when President Eisenhower recovered from a heart attack in the Fitzsimons Army Hospital.

Aurora pays a lot of attention to local sports and recreational opportunities, which is why in 2004 Sports Illustrated named it the best “Sportstown” in Colorado.

In 2012, Aurora was again in the center of international attention after a mass shooting at the midnight screening of the movie “Dark Knight Rises” in a local theatre, in which 12 people were killed and 58 were injured.

Geography and Climate

The city occupies an area of 142.7 square miles, most of which is land. Its official elevation is 5,471 feet, although the highest elevation is 6,229 feet.

The climate in Aurora is semi-arid, with four distinct seasons. Summers are mild to very hot and winters are mild to bitter cold. The city gets plenty of snowfall in the winter.

Population of Aurora

At the 2010 U.S. Census, Aurora had a population of 325,078. The racial makeup was 47.3% non-Hispanic White, 28.7% Hispanic or Latino, 15.7% Black or African American, 4.9% Asian, 1% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 11.6% some other race and 5.2% two or more races. Mexicans are the most populous group among the Hispanics, and other, smaller communities are Salvadoran, Puerto Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Peruvian and Cuban.

The median household income in 2010 was $46,507 and the per capita income was $21,095. About 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line.

Education

The largest public employers in Aurora are Buckley Air Force Base, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools, City of Aurora and Community College of Aurora.

As for the private employers, the top ten include The Children’s Hospital, Raytheon Company, Kaiser Permanente, ADT Security Services, HealthOne Colorado-The Medical Center of Aurora, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Staples, Beverage Distributors, Co. and Advantage Security, Inc.

Cityscape

Aurora has over 1,800 acres of park land and 6,000 acres of open spaces and natural areas. It also has a number of golf courses, both public and private ones, such as Blackstone Country Club, John F. Kennedy Golf Course and Valley Country Club, which are very popular among the residents of the nearby areas. Some of the most popular natural areas include Star K Ranch, which hosts the Morrison Nature Center, Aurora Reservoir, Quincy Reservoir and Jewell Wetland.

Attractions and Culture

One of the major attractions is the DeLaney Farm, which hosts a historic round barn, two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and an organic garden. Other notable historic sites and landmarks in the city include the KOA Building, the Centennial House, the Gully Homestead, American War Mothers National Memorial Home and Lowry Building 800.

The city is also home to the Aurora History Museum and the Aurora Symphony orchestra.

Education

Institutions of higher education in the city include Columbia College-Aurora, Regis University, University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus, Community College of Aurora, Pickens Technical College, Anthem College, Platt College and Concord Career College.

Transportation

Major highways in Aurora area are I-70, I-225 and E-470 beltway. The city is served by a light rail transit system and by buses. The nearest airport is Denver International Airport, which is in fact closer and more convenient to Aurora than to Denver itself.

Statistical data for the Aurora city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

Total
325,078
White alone
198,72061.13 %
Black or African American alone
51,19615.75 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,1000.95 %
Asian alone
16,0864.95 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1,0020.31 %
Some Other Race alone
38,00411.69 %
Two or More races
16,9705.22 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Total
325,078
Not Hispanic or Latino
231,81571.31 %
Hispanic or Latino
93,26328.69 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Total
325,078
Not Hispanic or Latino
231,81571.31 %
White alone
153,71566.31 %
Black or African American alone
49,00321.14 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,4870.64 %
Asian alone
15,7356.79 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
9190.40 %
Some Other Race alone
6770.29 %
Two or More races
10,2794.43 %
Hispanic or Latino
93,26328.69 %
White alone
45,00548.26 %
Black or African American alone
2,1932.35 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,6131.73 %
Asian alone
3510.38 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
830.09 %
Some Other Race alone
37,32740.02 %
Two or More races
6,6917.17 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes
33
Male
32
Female
34

Household Type

Total
121,901
Family households
79,54965.26 %
Husband-wife family
54,78968.87 %
Other family
24,76031.13 %
Male householder, no wife present
7,42229.98 %
Female householder, no husband present
17,33870.02 %
Nonfamily households
42,35234.74 %
Householder living alone
33,82079.85 %
Householder not living alone
8,53220.15 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Aurora city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Aurora city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Aurora city center

Building

  • Aurora Fire Department Station 15 [1.04 mi] [1.68 km]

Civil

  • City of Aurora [0.17 mi] [0.27 km]

Locale

  • Murphy Creek Golf Course [1.29 mi] [2.07 km]

Park

  • Great Plains Park [3.51 mi] [5.65 km]

Populated Place

  • Gun Club Estates [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]

School

  • Murphy Creek School [1.11 mi] [1.79 km]

Stream

  • Senac Creek [1.46 mi] [2.35 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
AuroraAurora80010, 80015, 80044, 80016, 80042, 80041, 80017, 80018, 80019, 80045, 80046, 80014, 80011, 80040, 80012, 80047, 80013
AuroraBuckley AFB80011
AuroraBuckley Air Force Base80011
AuroraBuckley Air Natl Guard Base80011
AuroraBuckley Ang80011
AuroraCentennial80016, 80015, 80014
AuroraDenver80012, 80014
AuroraFoxfield80016
DenverAurora80220, 80230, 80231, 80247

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