Long considered a suburb of nearby Denver, Aurora is now the third largest city in Colorado. Aurora spans three separate counties and is home to thousands of acres of parks and nature preserves, making the city a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. There are homes available for families of any size, in the downtown area as well as the suburbs and more rural outskirts.
Dozens of neighborhoods and districts can be found within Aurora. Original Aurora is considered the downtown area, though it isn’t speckled with the typical high-rise buildings associated with other city centers. Many of the residents live on or near military bases, including Buckley Air Force Base and Lowry Air Force Base, now known as Lowry Campus. The semi-arid climate makes for good golfing weather, and the region boasts half a dozen award-winning municipal golf courses, including Aurora Hills and Murphy Creek. The Mission Viejo subdivision contains a variety of different housing options, from condos and townhomes to 3- and 4-bedroom houses. The area has an acclaimed elementary school and the Cherry Creek State Park where families can hike, ride horses, and go boating and fishing. Most of the subdivisions and communities have their own parks and golf courses, both public and private, as the region prides itself on providing opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
The largest public employer in the city is Buckley Air Force Base, followed by the Anschutz Medical Campus where the University of Colorado’s health science schools and colleges are located. The Children’s Hospital and Kaiser Permanente are both in the top five of the region’s largest employers, as the medical industry has seen growth corresponding to the expanding population. The public sector also offers substantial employment through Aurora and Cherry Creek public schools. The largest industrial companies in Aurora are the Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin, and businesses providing security services, such as Advantage Security, LLC, also employ a good portion of the population.