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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.

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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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