5.8 out of 10

Aurora

Ranked 13th best city in Colorado
39.682520239586 -104.727796192325
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Medical Facilities
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
Jul 17, 2015

"Not as bad as people would like you to believe"

Aurora has some bad neighborhoods..so does Denver. Aurora has some traffic issues...not nearly as bad as Denver. The fact of the matter is that if you want all the advantages of Denver without the Denver sticker shock of rent, consider Aurora. With the expansion of the light rail due to be finished in 2016, it will mean Aurora will be more connected than ever.
Pros
  • close to Denver airport
  • lower cost of living
  • great diversity
  • plenty of businesses
Cons
  • rough neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Aurora is a grumpy Denver suburb"

Aurora would be the last place in the Denver area that I would want to rest my head. There is something annoying about the city, I know it has gotten a bad rep lately but I didnt like it a decade ago either. A time or two a year there is a reason why I have to venture into Aurora and the traffic along I-225 can be really bad, I know people complain about traffic out of habit but it is serious along i-225.

I think it is cheaper to live in Aurora then many Denver suburbs but as they say, you get what you pay for. I hope the town gets better in the future and not worse. People seem pretty unhappy there to me.
Pros
  • close to Denver airport
  • lower cost of living
Cons
  • congested traffic
  • rough neighborhoods
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Alameda Ave - for everything you might need in Aurora"

Alameda Avenue runs the length of Aurora, and as such there are a thousand things to do there. This street is mostly dedicated to businesses, including plenty of chain restaurants and retail stores, as well as some novelty places. One special spot that comes to mind is Bittersweet, a restaurant with a seasonal menu that changes based on what is growing in their on-side garden. Artisanal places like Bittersweet mingle with bars, strip malls, and fitness centers. It’s a busy, business-centered street which has just about anything you might be looking for.
Pros
  • plenty of businesses
Cons
  • not a lot of housing options
  • congested traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A large city with lots of diversity"

It's hard to write a review about Aurora because it is so diverse in different areas. With a total land area of 143 square miles there are numerous neighborhoods and areas to visit or live in, which can fall within Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver counties. Depending on where you're at the city can look vastly different from another area. Yes, there are the neighborhoods which are economically downtrodden, but there are also areas which have high home prices and cater to those with a higher income. The median income for Aurora is right at $45,000, but in some of the better areas that jumps up to over $100,000. The same scenario is true for home prices. The median home price in Aurora is $179,000 but that jumps to over $350,000 in some areas. Just as with any large city, there are some ugly urban areas as well as some beautiful areas with incredible views.

Aurora is home to three reservoirs, Cherry Creek Reservoir, Aurora Reservoir and Quincy Reservoir. Both Cherry Creek and Aurora have a multitude of things to do. Aurora Reservoir was built using water from an underground aquifer so the water is incredibly clean, but cold even in the summer months. Both of the larger reservoirs have trails going around them which are good for walking, riding a bike, or even just exploring with little ones. Both also have fishing, swim beaches, and are home to triathlons in the summer and fall months. Sailing and other boating activities are available and Cherry Creek Reservoir also has horse back riding and camping.

There are strip malls all over Aurora with no need to go outside the city limits for anything. There are numerous malls, the nicest one being Southlands, which is a newer outdoor mall on the southeast side of town. This mall has fire pits along the walkways during winter to warm walking patrons, numerous shops and cafes, and ice rink in the winter, and during summer months is home to a farmer's market. It's a great place to take kids in the summertime with just a swim suit and towel. There are fountains that spring up out of the ground for the kids to play in, on a rather large area of the ground on the north side of the mall. Further up the mall are umbrellas that 'rain' in the summertime, allowing kids to have fun and get wet. There are always numerous kids playing in these areas, but never so many that it seems crowded.

Being a populous city, there is definitely traffic in many areas. I-225 is one of the worst offenders, but it is currently under construction to help alleviate the congestion. The E-470 tollway is rarely busy, but does cost and the prices seem to continually rise.

There are several excellent hospitals in Aurora, though most are on the more western side of town. Children's Hospital is one of the best hospitals for kids in the U.S. and just recently relocated to Aurora from Denver.

Overall, the feeling of Aurora is different depending on where you are. If you're looking for inexpensive housing that is close to the airport, you can find it here. On the other hand, if you're looking for a custom home with unbeatable views, you can find that as well.
Pros
  • great diversity
  • variety of housing prices
  • close to Denver airport
Cons
  • congested traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Aurora"

Aurora is to be honest one of my least favorite suburbs of Denver, I am more of an Arvada girl, Boulder, Golden or Wash Park, Capital Hill person if you want to talk about the city. Each time I have to venture to Aurora the traffic on I-225 is killer and the city seems like one shopping center after another. I know that hard times hit Aurora in 2012 and I hope the city recovers.

The good part of Aurora is that the cost of living is probably the lowest in the Denver area and access to the airport is idea for a traveling business person needing quick access to and from DIA. But I must repeat that the traffic on the surrounding interstates are almost always congested and its proximity to Commerce City makes the eastern suburb less than ideal. There is a kind of gloom about it.
Pros
  • lower cost of living
  • close to Denver airport
Cons
  • congested traffic
  • rough neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

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2.5/5
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1.5/5
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