Spanning over Arapahoe, Douglas and Adams Counties in Colorado, Aurora is a home rule municipality which resides in the Denver- Aurora-Lakewood, Co Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 325,078. The city includes a long list of districts, neighborhoods and military installations that offer a range of different types of housing from single-family homes to condominiums.
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While it has been considered a large suburb of Denver, Aurora's booming population and extensive land coverage have led many to begin pushing for its recognition as an independent city. However, the city does not possess a large centrally located business district as does Denver, and it continues to maintain significant suburban characteristics. It comprises mostly of neighborhoods homes and smaller businesses, and provides a quieter atmosphere than its neighboring city. There has also been a significant military presence in Aurora fro the beginning of the 20th century. This led to the establishment of Buckley Air Force Base, and the base remains the city's largest employer. The city possesses a diverse range of ages and cultures including a number of Ethiopian and Nepalese refugees. Much of the population is comprised of families and married couples without children with 35.5% of households with children and 46.9% of homes with married couples.
Aurora provides many opportunities for an active outdoor lifestyle including more than 100 parks that are perfect for regular outings. There are also 6,000 acres of natural area and open space, which are perfect for hiking, biking or walking. The area is home to an award winning and highly regarded municipal golf course along with a number of additional private facilities. Additionally, the Morrison Nature Center is the perfect spot for a day of nature exploration. In 2004, the city was even voted as Colorado's "Sportstown" by Sports Illustrated because it hosts more than 30 regional sports tournaments annually. A number of professional athletes have also called the city home. Additionally, there are a number of historical sites and a beautiful history museum. The Cultural Arts District is home to the local theater and arts center where you can explore a vast selection of performances and exhibits. The region is a semi-arid climate with four seasons. Summers are mostly mild with some heat, and the area can get a number of afternoon thunderstorms. While winters can be cold and snowy, there is still a reasonable amount of sun during the season. In addition, the ski slopes are not too far away and offer optimal snowboard and ski conditions. Aurora is the perfect spot for quiet suburban outdoor living.