Elevation: 5,403 ft
Aurora, just east of Denver, is Colorado's third-largest city. Nicknamed the "Gateway to the Rockies," Aurora, CO, has long welcomed visitors and families who are relocating to Colorado. Originally developed as a military town, the city has a vibrant culinary experience, impressive arts scene, and countless outdoor recreation opportunities, including over 100 parks and more than 5,000 acres of protected open space. The city's golf trail includes nearly a dozen courses, including six award-winning municipal courses open to the public. It's also home to Aurora Reservoir which offers a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities including kayaking, sailing, and many miles of trails as well as a "lakefront" lifestyle to its many residents.
Stanley Marketplace — a food-centric community market equipped to accommodate more than 50 independently owned Colorado businesses — recently opened in Aurora's historic 1954 Stanely Aviation hangar. Locals and visitors gather at the space to shop for artisan goods; take yoga and fitness classes; sip craft beverages at tasting rooms and coffee shops; and dine at favorite eateries.
Aurora is home to Buckley AFB and has quickly grown into the second-largest home for aerospace in the country. Companies like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin , Beoing, and Northrop Gruman employ many Coloradans from top-ranked collegiate aerospace programs. Also home to Anschutz Medical Campus, Children's Hospital, and University of Colorado Hospital, the city continues to attract the best and brightest to work, play, and live in one of the fastest-growing communities in the country.
Aurora is conveniently located only minutes away from the 5th busiest airport in the county, Denver International Airport (DEN). Aurora still offers a variety of highway travel alongside public transport options to make it easy to get where you’re headed and is home to the R Line light rail, RTD bus system.