Anschutz Medical Campus Research Building. Photo Courtesy of Aurora EDC
Aurora—Colorado’s safest large city—is home to more than 351,000 residents who enjoy a comfortable life and a wealth of opportunity. The city offers convenient urban living, family friendly neighborhoods, access to great schools and a strong job market. Development in Aurora is also booming, giving residents of every age and background more choice in where they live and shop as well as how they get around and spend their free time. In addition, easy access to transportation connects Aurora to the metro area and beyond via air, rail, car and trails.
The city also hosts some of the nation’s top employers in aerospace, bioscience, healthcare, distribution and alternative energy. Buckley Air Force Base—America’s first line of defense—employs more than 12,000 active duty and civilian professionals. A third of Colorado’s aerospace jobs are based in Aurora to support Buckley’s mission. The Anschutz Medical Campus—the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region—is home to the nationally recognized University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Aurora is also the future home of the new VA medical center. The top-ranked University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus joins the EcoTech Institute, the Community College of Aurora, Pickens Technical College and others in educating tomorrow’s workforce in Aurora.
Aurora also offers outdoor enthusiasts nearly 100 parks, six public golf courses, 6,000 acres of open space, 80-plus miles of trails and two sparkling reservoirs. The city’s diverse population also provides some of the best independently owned eateries in the metro area, along with exotic markets. In addition, the newly opened 100,000-square-foot Stanley Marketplace is a regional destination with more than 50 local businesses, including boutique retailers, restaurants, breweries and fitness studios. Aurora also makes award-winning and thought-provoking arts accessible with performing and visual arts in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and more than 240 public artworks throughout the city. Places like the Aurora History Museum and the Colorado Freedom Memorial illustrate the value the city places on both history and its military heritage.