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Welcome to Aurora ...

The city of Aurora is primarily located in Arapahoe County<1>. A portion of Aurora extends into Adams County.

When the people of Aurora refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Auroran<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Aurora has a population of 374,114 people<3> (see below for details).

Aurora was established in 1891 and was incorporated May 5, 1903.

From Place Names in Colorado,<4> the origin of Aurora is described as "Means 'Dawn' or 'Morning'"

The community of Aurora is 5,600 feet [1,707 m] above sea level.<5> In other words, the altitude of Aurora is about 1 mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Aurora lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Aurora: (303) & (720)<6>

The ZIP codes for Aurora: 80010-80019, 80040-80042, 80044-80047<7>

Websites for Aurora ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.aurorachamber.org/

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Aurora, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Aurora had an population of 374,114 people. This is an increase of 15.08% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 35.36% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Aurora had a population of 325,078 people (which is 56.83% of the total population of Arapahoe County). This makes Aurora the county's most populous community.

The population of Aurora represents 6.46% of the total population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 325,078 people, the population of Aurora increased 17.61% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 276,393 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Aurora.

Communities Also Named Aurora ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 44 communities that are also named Aurora - they are located in Alabama, Alaska (2), Arkansas, California, Florida (2), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa (2), Kansas (7), Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota (2), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico (3), New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas (2), Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Aurora.

Communities near Aurora ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Aurora.

  • Denver [Denver County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denver
    • Denver [Denver County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<8> to the west of Aurora
    • Estimated population in 2018: 716,492 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denver
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Denver<9>
  • Lakewood [Jefferson County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakewood have been provided by the GNIS.<10> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakewood
    • Lakewood [Jefferson County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<8> to the west of Aurora
    • Estimated population in 2018: 156,798 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakewood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lakewood<9>
  • Thornton [Adams County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thornton have been provided by the GNIS.<10> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thornton
    • Thornton [Adams County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the northwest of Aurora
    • Estimated population in 2018: 139,436 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thornton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thornton<9>
  • Arvada [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arvada
    • Arvada [Jefferson County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the west of Aurora
    • Estimated population in 2018: 120,492 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arvada
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arvada<9>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Westminster [Jefferson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westminster have been provided by the GNIS.<10> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westminster
      • Westminster [Jefferson County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<8> to the northwest of Aurora
      • Estimated population in 2018: 113,479 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westminster
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westminster<9>
    • Centennial [Arapahoe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Centennial
      • Centennial [Arapahoe County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<8> to the south of Aurora
      • Estimated population in 2018: 110,831 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centennial
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Centennial<9>
    • Broomfield [Broomfield County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Broomfield have been provided by the GNIS.<10> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Broomfield
      • Broomfield [Broomfield County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<8> to the northwest of Aurora
      • Estimated population in 2018: 69,267 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broomfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Broomfield<9>
    • Commerce City [Adams County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Commerce City have been provided by the GNIS.<10> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Commerce City
      • Commerce City [Adams County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<8> to the north of Aurora
      • Estimated population in 2018: 58,449 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Commerce City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Commerce City<9>
    • Parker [Douglas County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parker have been provided by the GNIS.<10> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parker
      • Parker [Douglas County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<8> to the south of Aurora
      • Estimated population in 2018: 55,636 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parker
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parker<9>
    • Littleton [Arapahoe County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<10> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleton
      • Littleton [Arapahoe County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the southwest of Aurora
      • Estimated population in 2018: 48,007 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littleton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Littleton<9>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Aurora. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Aurora.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Aurora. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Aurora.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Aurora. See our Newspapers Page for Aurora.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Aurora ...

Looking for more information about Aurora? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Aurora, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Aurora.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Colorado

About Arapahoe County

About Colorado

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Aurora: www.auroragov.org; www.ci.aurora.co.us/

The official website for Arapahoe County: www.co.arapahoe.co.us/

The official website for State of Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Arapahoe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Aurora refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Aurora may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Aurora.
<4>The full book title is Place Names in Colorado: Why 700 Communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. See our References and Mentions section for Aurora.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Aurora - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (720) is an overlay for area code (303).
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Aurora). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Aurora or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Aurora includes: 80010, 80011, 80012, 80013, 80014, 80015, 80016, 80017, 80018, 80040, 80041, 80044, 80045, 80046 & 80047.
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Aurora) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Aurora. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Aurora

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aurora. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7346, Longitude: -104.8239    
<9>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<10>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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