A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$168,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,071
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    224
    273
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    30
    41
  • Robbery
    65
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    234
    525
  • Theft
    1,223
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    80
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$63,090
National
$53,889
Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Aurora Reviews

377 reviews
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I was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. Aurora is predominantly Latino and I grew up in a household speaking Spanish. I loved the diversity of my community because then I applied to the Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy on the other side of Aurora. This experience was culture shocking because it was required you live in a dorm and that you experience different cultures such as Asian, Caucasian and African Americans, something I had never done before. What I would change about Aurora is the crime rate on one side of the city versus the safer other side of the city. The East and West sides both have very different crime rates. Besides that I love my city!
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I live in the southeast corner of Aurora, Illinois. It is a wonderful little pocket in the 2nd largest city in Illinois (2nd only to Chicago). We feel very safe in this area and our neighborhood has been affected by little to no crime. Our elementary school is right in our neighborhood and there are so many families with children of varying ages. I grew up skateboarding and riding my bike with friends to the 7-11 on the corner. We would get our slurpees and then play on the school playground on the way home. Our neighborhood shows movies in the park on summer nights and has league soccer games right down the street. It's a great place to grow up!
Aurora is the most westerly city in the Chicagoland area. As the second largest city in the suburbs, second only to Chicago, Aurora reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Windy City itself. That diversity gives Aurora its flavor and uniqueness with its wide array of experiences such as local homemade Mexican food such as La Quebrada to the local Two Brothers Roundhouse and Jake's Bagels. As you drive around downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, you will be met with a friendly and humbling aura. Though divided into east and west sides, Aurora, like Chicago, is a tight-knit community. Like Chicago, Aurora can be further developed and invest even more into education and infrastructure.