Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the Black Forest’s northern tip, Aurora offers something for every lifestyle, from convenient urban living to master-planned communities.
Founded in 1891, the city of Aurora was originally named Fletcher by its founder, Donald Fletcher. In 1907, the town changed its name to Aurora. Long known as the Gateway to the Rockies, this All-America City lies on the eastern edge of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. The city boasts spectacular views of the Front Range spanning from Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs to Longs Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
More than 351,000 residents choose to live in Aurora, making it the third largest city in Colorado and the 54th largest in the United States. The city covers 154 square miles, and is located within three counties, Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas. Aurora is a home-rule city, and a Council/City Manager form of government with a mayor, six ward members and four at-large members.
Aurora also is one of the safest large cities in the United States.