Colorado Recruiting Zone - Aurora


Aurora Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1929
  • Located minutes from Denver International Airport
  • Pro-business environment
  • Given the “All America City” Award by the National Civic League in 2008


  • Population: 319,670
  • Median Age: 33.7
  • Land Area: 142.7 square miles
  • Counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas

Environmental Attractions

  • The city attracts more than 30 regional and national sports tournaments annually to Aurora's fields, which include the 220 acre Aurora Sports Park opened in 2003
  • 7 golf courses
  • 2 reservoirs, both open year-round
  • Hiking and biking trail systems 

Fun Facts

  • Aurora was formerly named “Fletcher,” after a local businessman.  After he skipped town, leaving a large debt, the townspeople decided to rename it “Aurora.”

Arts & Culture

  • The Aurora Fox Arts Center, a historic landmark, is the City’s performing arts center.  The Aurora Fox is a 245 seat performing arts facility.
  • The Aurora Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra established more than 30 years ago, offers a full season of full orchestra concerts annually as well as smaller chamber ensemble performances.

Major Employers

  • Buckley Air Force Base
  • The Children’s Hospital
  • Raytheon Company
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • ADT Security Systems
  • Northrop Grumman

Economic Development

  • The city of Aurora and the state of Colorado eliminate and/or exempt taxes common to other cities and states by providing sales tax exemptions for specific business operations.
  • The Aurora/Denver metro area is a national center for the telecommunications industry, with companies such as Qwest Communications, AT&T, Sprint, Level 3 Communications, Comcast Corporation and Verizon Wireless maintaining major operations here. The area’s location in the Rocky Mountain Time zone allows it worldwide, same-day communication.
  • Aurora enjoys low natural gas and electrical rates compared to other major U.S. cities.