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Overall Niche Grade
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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 200,946. Aurora is in Kane County. 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
200,946

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$170,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,145
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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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
    173.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    3
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    53.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    181.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,053.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    87.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    8%
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
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%

Working in Aurora

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$66,848
National
$55,322
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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!
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Indian Prarie School District 204 has excellent elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools! There are some great subdivisions in Aurora, such as Oakhurst and some of White Eagle. There is a great selection of grocery stores nearby, such as Walmart, Meijer, Target, Whole Foods, Costco, and Trader Joe's.
I love the community feel in Aurora. Downtown Aurora is growing with lots of opportunities. The park district has many opportunities and activities from athletics, recreation, and community events. The park district has many parks as well as bike paths that connect the city. There are many diverse dining options in Aurora. Aurora also has many historical elements including homes and neighborhoods. Aurora has lots of opportunities for jobs and growth. Additionally, due to Aurora’s large size it has many high schools both private and public options. Aurora also has higher education options with Waubonsee Community college and Aurora University.