Aurora originated in the 1880s as the town of Fletcher, taking its name from Denver businessman Donald Fletcher who saw it as a real estate opportunity. He and his partners staked out four square miles east of Denver, but the town – and Colorado – struggled mightily after the Silver Crash of 1893. At that point Fletcher skipped town, leaving the community with a huge water debt. Inhabitants decided to rename the town Aurora in 1907. Aurora slowly began to grow in Denver’s shadow becoming the fastest-growing city in the United States during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
A large military presence has existed in Aurora since the early 20th century. Buckley Air Force Base employs over 12,000 people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora,_Colorado Aurora is home to offices of aerospace companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is located on 227 acres in Aurora.
Aurora is split among three counties and lies distant from the respective county seats.
In 2008, Aurora was designated an All-America City by the National Civic League. In 2011, it was named one of the top ten safest cities in the United States by Forbes Magazine. http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethgreenfield/2011/12/15/americas-safest-cities/
Aurora experiences a semi-arid climate, with four distinct seasons and modest precipitation year-round. Summers range from mild to hot, with generally low humidity and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winters range from mild to occasional bitter cold, with periods of sunshine alternating with periods of snow, high winds and very low temperatures.
As of the 2010 census, there were 325,078 people, 121,191 households, and 73,036 families residing in the city.
Primary and secondary education include:
- Aurora Public Schools
- Cherry Creek Public Schools
- Douglas County School District (The Rocking Horse neighborhood is located within this district)
- Bennett Public Schools (Undeveloped land in Aurora that extends east of Monaghan Road, north of County Line Road and south of 72nd Avenue falls within this district)
- Brighton Public Schools (The Highpoint at DIA neighborhood is located in this district) Post-secondary and career education:
- Columbia College–Aurora
- Ecotech Institute
- University of Colorado Denver at the Anschutz Medical Campus
- Colorado Community College System
- Community College of Aurora
- Pickens Technical College
For-profit schools include:
- Anthem College
- Colorado School of Holistic and Naturopathic Studies
- Colorado Technical University South Denver Campus
- Concorde Career College
- Everest College
- Platt College
Shopping and Restaurants
Town Center of Aurora and Southlands are major shopping areas. Over 250 ethnic restaurants call Aurora home.
Cultural activities abound in Aurora with a thriving arts community located in old downtown Aurora. Be sure to check out the fun and free Summer Concert Series at the different parks in Aurora. Aurora has six award-winning municipal golf courses and several privately owned golf courses.
Parks and Recreation
Aurora has over 97 parks and 5,000 acres of open space. Plus an extensive trail system perfect for biking and hiking.