20 Interesting Facts About Aurora, Colorado

Facts About Aurora, Colorado

Facts About Aurora

Did you know that Aurora is the third most populous city in Colorado? Or that it’s home to a number of Fortune 500 companies? Here are some more facts about this fascinating city:

  1. Aurora was founded in 1891 and named after one of the daughters of Colorado’s first governor, William H. Larimer, Jr.
  2. The city is served by a number of major highways, including Interstate 70, Interstate 225, and U.S. Route 36.
  3. Aurora is the third most populous city in Colorado with a population of more than 345,000.
  4. Aurora is home to the University of Colorado Denver, the largest university in the Rocky Mountain region.
  5. Aurora is one of Denver’s largest suburbs with a population of 325,000 and growing.
  6. The city covers 155 square miles, making it the 54th largest city in the United States.
  7. The city is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Anadarko Petroleum, DaVita HealthCare Partners, and DISH Network.
  8. In 2008, Aurora was designated an All-America City by the National Civic League.
  9. Aurora’s sister city program was established in 1972 and the city currently has five sister cities: Shizuishan, China; Tarija, Bolivia; Osogbo, Nigeria; Aurora, Illinois & Higashiōmi, Japan.
  10. Aurora has five golf courses, two reservoirs, more than 97 parks, and over 5,000 acres of open space and trails.
  11. Aurora is home to a number of professional sports teams, including the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, and the Denver Outlaws of Major Lacrosse League.
  12. The city’s official elevation is 5430 feet, making it the highest major city in Colorado.
  13. Aurora is located at 39°43′N 104°50′W (39.73, -104.83).
  14. Auroras Climate is described as Humid Continental by the Köppen Climate System and has four distinct seasons.
  15. Aurora is nicked named “The Gateway to the Rockies”.
  16. In 1992, the city was the location where the movie Wayne’s World was filmed.
  17. The city of Aurora is a full-service city governed by a council/manager form of government, which combines the political leadership of elected officials with the managerial expertise of an appointed local government manager.
  18. Aurora was known as the Town of Fletcher in 1903, however, was incorporated as a city on August 24th, 1929, it was renamed Aurora after Aurora Borealis.
  19. Aurora has over 80 neighbourhoods split among 3 Counties.
  20. Aurora is part of the 303 and the 720 area codes.

Aurora is known for its vibrant arts scene and has a number of art galleries, theatres, and museums. So there you have it – some facts about the City of Aurora. Do you know any other fun facts about this Colorado city? Share them with us in the comments!

Facts About Aurora, Colorado
Facts About Aurora, Colorado