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Aurora At A Glance

By Elizabeth Elstien

The city of Aurora is part of the Metro Denver area with over 325,000 residents and growing. Aurora has an affinity for sports, a large military base and the great outdoors. See why this Western city has a flavor all its own

In The Beginning

Started in the late 1800s and named Fletcher after Donald Fletcher, who purchased the area as a property investment until the Silver Crash of 1893 took the town down, causing Mr. Fletcher to leave town. Its residents later renamed it Aurora. Grown greatly from its original 4 square acres, the city now has more land than the Denver to the east. For about 100 years, the city has maintained a large military presence. From the Fitzsimons Army Hospital to Buckley Air Force Base, the military has a large hold on the city With some tall buildings and hundreds of subdivisions, Aurora is working to change its Denver suburb classification, but it has no real business district and lots of undeveloped lands. Today comprising a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities, Aurora has grown from its cowboy culture into a diverse city.

Find A Job

There are a number of large employers in Aurora. Buckley Air Force Base alone has over 12,000 employees and the Anschutz Medical Campus has over 6,300 employees. Other large public or private employers are hospitals/healthcare, schools, City of Aurora, and defense contractors. If working here, all employers and employees are required to pay a $2.00 month Occupational Privilege Tax, deducted from your paycheck and remitted by your employer.

Nature Calls

Averaging about 5,500 feet above sea level, Aurora has over 6,000 acres of natural and open space, mountains and over 100 parks. The historic round barn at DeLaney Farm is not to be missed. Located on over 130 acres, the former farm also has trails and an organic garden. Learn about the prairie at the 1,100-acre Plains Conservation Center. Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch has many trails for viewing wildlife, while the 50-acre Jewell Wetland has lots of choices for hiking and water fun, as well as a butterfly garden.

Play Sports

Numerous professional athletes from all types of sports are natives of or lived in Aurora. Sports Illustrated in 2004 named the city Sportstown for its enhancement of sports. The city brings in dozens of sports tournaments to play in the 220-acre Aurora Sports Park and its many other fields. Golfers can tee off in style at any of the six award-winning city courses or the numerous private courses.

Get Out

Get your country on at the area's No. 1 country dance club, Stampede, serving food and drinks in six bars since 1992. View live performances at the historic Aurora Fox Theatre and Arts Center. Symphony lovers can enjoy full orchestras or chamber ensemble concerts by the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Learn about Aurora's history and culture at the Aurora History Museum. Stops for smokes and a drink at the upscale Flavor of Havana or watch a blockbuster film and eat dinner at the Cinema Grill.

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