Aurora may be one of the fastest growing populations in Colorado in recent decades, but that wasn’t always the case for this large Denver suburb. Aurora was founded in the 1880’s, and was originally known as the town of Fletcher, named by the businessman Donald Fletcher who saw the area as a real estate opportunity.

Fletcher and his partners staked out four square miles east of Denver, claiming it for the small town. After the Silver Crash of 1893, however, Fletcher skipped town, leaving the community with a heavy debt. For that reason, inhabitants had no hesitation in renaming the town Aurora, after one of its smaller subdivisions.

Aurora became well-known in the fall of 1955, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower recovered from a heart attack at the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. Another notable occurrence in the hospital was the birth of presidential candidate John Kerry in 1943.

Aurora now boasts a population of over 300,000 and is the third largest population in the state of Colorado. Aurora is also the 56th most populous city in the United States. The median home in Aurora costs about $180,000. Aurora has 49 public schools in the city, 31 of which are elementary schools.

The city of Aurora is what’s known as a Home Rule Municipality (or self-governing Municipality) spanning over three counties; Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas in Colorado. Aurora has grown drastically since the mid-1900s and is now comprised of dozens of neighborhoods. Some of these include; Aurora Heights, Buckley Air Force Base, Fitzsimons Campus, the Original Aurora (downtown), and Stapleton (home of Denver’s former airport). Aurora real estate is really ideal for young professionals, families and retirees.

Aurora has plenty of fun attractions for tourists and residents alike. Golfers from across the state are attracted to Aurora’s seven municipal golf courses and Cherry Creek State Park is great for biking, hiking and boating. Star K Ranch is the home of Aurora’s Morrison Nature Center and provides habitats for wildlife. Aurora features water sports as well as snow sports with the Aurora Reservoir and Quincy Reservoir available in the spring and summer.

The Aurora Fox Theatre & Arts Center features performing arts in Downtown Aurora and the DeLaney Farm offers trails and canals for camping and exploring. Overall, Aurora is a great place to live, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. Its military and health service industries offer great jobs and a nice standard of living. The lifestyle is both exciting and adventurous and you’re a short drive to Denver without living in the hustle and bustle of the capital city.

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