Aurora Colorado is a diverse and vibrant city; it is a great place to call home! 

Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the Black Forest’s northern tip, Aurora offers something for every lifestyle, from convenient urban living to master-planned communities. Long known as the Gateway to the Rockies, this All-America City lies on the eastern edge of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. The city boasts spectacular views of the Front Range spanning from Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs to Longs Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

More than 386,000 residents choose to live in Aurora, making it the third largest city in Colorado and the 54th largest in the United States. The city covers nearly 160 square miles, and is located within three counties, Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas.

The City of Aurora has a lot to offer and has plenty of things to do to keep you busy throughout the year, stimulating your mind, staying active, and simply enjoying all that life has to offer. Go Aurora has compiled information about living in Aurora.

Aurora, Colorado Quick Facts:

·      Aurora, Colorado has 10,000 acres of park land including 97 developed parks, multiple open space and trails, reservoirs, and five golf courses for all the outdoor physical actives you could want and imagine. 

·      The city offers numerous city-operated recreation centers, pools, libraries, and cultural services.

·      Aurora has a growing arts scene that includes art galleries, theater, and outdoor art. Take a tour around the city and explore Art in Public Places. See live performances in the Aurora’s Cultural Arts District at the Fox Theater, The People’s Building, Vintage Theater, and Kim Robards Dance studio. DAVA’s community art center boosts art education for youth and offers year-round exhibitions.

·      Aurora is home to hundreds of international businesses and cuisines. Explore the hundreds of local authentic and ethnically owned eateries, distilleries, breweries, bars, and restaurants the city has to offer. The Yum Aurora guide can help you plan your culinary tour of the city.

·      Aurora has 10 colleges and universities including the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus which offers world-class medical education.

·      There are 63 Aurora Public Schools and students come from more than 130 countries and speak over 160 different languages.

Aurora Colorado Neighborhoods

Finding a neighborhood that fits you perfectly in any city isn’t easy. Your needs are unique and lots of places can feel like just the same old thing. Thankfully, from your first home to your forever home, there are more options in Aurora’s livable, lovable neighborhoods than you might think. Smart homebuyers know that with access to schools that excel, amazing local restaurants, a vibrant cultural scene, miles of trails, exceptional public safety and city services coupled with outstanding home values, it just makes sense that Aurora's a great place to call home. 

Map of Aurora Colorado neighborhoods 


This developing section of Aurora is headed toward being a buzzing area of activity. With its proximity to DIA and the addition of the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, this part of town will soon be a must-see spot for newcomers, visitors and residents. Thankfully, Northeast Aurora provides a perfect gateway to the rest of Colorado thanks to its accessibility to I-70 and connection to the RTD rail line. Within a few years, we may see a much different area than what it is today.


Northwest Aurora lets you stay connected to both downtown Denver and Denver International Airport (DIA), yet still finds a way to retain the unique and diverse feel that its residents love. You can find a range of unique areas in this section of Aurora from rural pockets to the urban feeling that accompanies places like the Stanley Marketplace, Anschutz Medical Campus and the Aurora Cultural Arts District.  Full of history, diversity and culture, Northwest Aurora is a great place to live, love, work, and play. 

North Central

At the heart of Aurora, Central West offers you nothing less than everything. When you're here, almost everything in town is mere minutes away, by car, lightrail, biking or walking. Filled with character, history and diversity, this part of the city can help you understand what it is that makes Aurora so special. From parks to golf courses and miles of trails, it's an advantage to have lots of open space to play all within the city. Central West is filled with opportunity as it finds itself right next to Buckley Air Force Base, as well as many of Aurora's other major employers.


Southwest Aurora is well-known for its outdoor recreational activities. With the beautiful reservoirs, golf courses, trails, and parks, Aurora is perfect for finding various family and outdoor activities. The vibrancy of Colorado's greenery and nature can really be encapsulated by the outdoor spaces in this part of Aurora. The surrounding area offers a variety of shopping options and fantastic dining experiences. You could take your family to the southwest for a full day and not run out of things to do. 

South Central 

If you're looking for a more open residential experience, then look no further than Central East Aurora. Out here you are far enough from the middle of the city to provide a peaceful rural experience, but with close access to E-470 and DIA you're not so far that it's a hassle to get to town. The new neighborhoods here are incredibly family-friendly and have a welcoming sense of community. Creeks, trails and lots of open spaces are only some of what makes Central East so comfortable and livable.


If you're looking for a new home in a sophisticated area of Aurora, then southeast might be just right for you. The mixture of fantastic neighborhood planning and natural beauty form the perfect scenic neighborhoods and beautiful surroundings. Quiet, residential areas with amazing per-house value draw in homebuyers from all over. The allure of nature isn't restricted to the neighborhoods;  you can experience more of it across scenic views, miles of trails and parks along with the charm of the Quincy and Aurora Reservoirs. And it's all close to fantastic retail and restaurants.


Curious about the location of your neighborhood? Check out the full map here.