Aurora, Colorado, City and Higher Education Info

Information about Aurora

Located east of Denver in Arapahoe County, Aurora, Colorado, had about 353,000 residents in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The Census Bureau also reported that, as of 2010, around 29 percent of the city's population was Latino and nearly 16 percent was African American. Both these figures were above the national average. Additionally, about 20 percent of the city's population is foreign-born.

Aurora is composed of dozens of neighborhoods and features nearly 100 parks and several award-winning golf courses. Nature lovers can explore Star K Ranch, which features numerous nature trails, as well as the Jewell Wetland, and the Aurora and Quincy reservoirs offer several opportunities to play in the water. The city also has a vibrant arts community, highlighted by performances at the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and the Aurora Fox Arts Center.

Education in Aurora

There are about 80 colleges and universities throughout the Denver-Aurora metro area, within a 50 mile radius. Some of the largest of these include the University of Denver (nearly 12,000 students) and Metropolitan State University of Denver (nearly 22,000 students). Nearby Boulder is home to the University of Colorado at Boulder (nearly 32,500 students), a top-rated research university known for its progressive politics and research in physics, genetics and other fields.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus (nearly 22,800 students) offers postgraduate and professional education in the field of medicine, while the Community College of Aurora (about 7,600 students) offers many degree, certificate and diploma programs.

Employment and Economy

Located on the eastern fringe of the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area and less than half an hour from Denver's airport, Aurora has its fair share of office parks. Much of its economy is related to defense and aeronautics. Major employers include Buckley Air Force Base, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city of Aurora (along with Denver and Lakewood) offers hundreds of thousands of jobs, although many residents also commute to nearby Denver or other cities and towns within the metropolitan region for work.

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