Over the past 100 years, Aurora has grown from a tiny town on the plains to a large urban center with 353,000 plus residents. The city has benefited tremendously from its proximity to Denver. Today, it is the closest city to the Denver International Airport, a 15 minute drive from the center of the city. The Rocky Mountains are less than an hour's drive away as well as a myriad of recreational opportunities including skiing, hiking, riding, golf and more. Two public reservoirs are also available. Aurora and Cherry Creek reservoirs provide boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, bicycling and picnicking opportunities.
Two public school districts serve Aurora residents: Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District, with the latter being ranked nationally within the top 10. The Community College of Aurora is the fastest-growing community college in Colorado. The University Hospital has recently moved into a vast complex along with the Ronald McDonald House and Children?s Hospital.
Aurora boasts a strong pro-business environment that has led to a number of large developments over the past 10 years. The city's newest project is the Aurora City Center, a massive development and redevelopment project located east of Interstate 225. At the heart of the development is the city's new Aurora Municipal Center, a 280,000-square-foot building that serves the city. The center houses more than 850 employees and nearly triples the existing City Hall?s square footage. The new center serves as the hub from which the city oversees its 8,000 recreational programs, 80 parks, seven public golf courses and numerous recreational and civic programs.