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  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
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Aurora is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 200,660. Aurora is in Kane County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Aurora offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Aurora there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Aurora and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Aurora are above average.
About Aurora...
Population
200,660

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$178,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,205
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Aurora Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    178.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    6
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    116.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    819.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    72.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Aurora

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$69,730
National
$55,322
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Aurora Reviews

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This is a friendly city. Could improve the safety of the downtown area. There are a variety of places to eat and activities for families to do.
I've live here since I was born so for sixteen years and it's a great place to grow up. I have attend school here. Very clean, friendly place. However it is low funded in comparison to the neighboring city Naperville. There is much diversity here and a lot of great opportunities to learn about the working class. There is also growing and new small buisness which is great if you are willing to try something new. In general it is a nice suburban area. I would live here again because it's pretty peaceful. I would love get away from the snow but if you have kids they would love it. There is little to no crime in my neighborhood. Most people keep to themselves. There have been no concerns that have made me question my safety. Living in my neighborhood has been great! All of my neighbors for the most part are really friendly extremely hospitable.
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I have been a resident in Aurora, IL for twelve years. As an employed wife, mother and homeowner I would recommend it to anyone looking to relocate to a suburb in Chicago. Although there is no public transit, there is more than sufficient major highway and wide streets that access great schools, libraries, churches and shopping areas. It offers a wide range of restaurants and entertainment for all age groups from theaters to night life. Aurora has a great mix of diverse families and there are many small and large businesses that employ many area residents. I love living in Aurora!
Aurora is a nice suburb with lovely people! There’s always something good to eat in surrounding areas. Downtown Aurora has some wonderful sights like the theater and the casino. Most people are very willing to reach out and spark up a new friendship. It’s proximity to the city of Chicago is fantastic if you ever want a day full of energy. Aurora has some of the prettiest sunrises and sunsets I’ve ever seen with a wide range of colors which never fails to impress. It’s a quiet area where you can enjoy yourself and experience tranquility and peace at all times.