Aurora : Illinois

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What it's Like to Retire in Aurora

Aurora is a city of close to 200,000, located to the east of Chicago in northeastern Illinois. The city has a long history of manufacturing. Many historical buildings were created during its most prosper and some of them remain today, such as the Paramount Theater.  Aurora University is within the town.   Photo of Paramount courtesy of Wikipedia and Serhii Chrucky.

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Where to Retire in Aurora and Home Prices

There are many potential neighborhoods for retirees to live in, as well as at least one active adult community. The median home price in late 2013 was just over $200,000.

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What is special about Aurora

Close to Chicago with many historic buildings and interesting neighborhoods. Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, is a major Hindu temple
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What is not special about Aurora

Wikipedia says there are gangs in town, although over all crime figures appear below average. Winters are cold, property taxes are high.
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Who will like retirement in Aurora

People who want to retire in Illinois in more of an urban environment where housing costs are low.
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Climate and Physical Environment

Aurora is southwest of Chicago near Naperville. The average July high temperature is 84 and the average January low is 10. The wettest month is July (4")
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Paramount Theatre and the Riverfront Playhouse offer live theatre.There are numerous festivals held downtown during the year, such as Blues on the Fox and Downtown Alive. There is a good public library.
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Aurora has a low crime rate.

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Medical facilities

There are 2 hospitals - Provena Mercy Center and Rush-Copley Medical Center
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The Aurora Municipal Airport has general aviation and acts as a relief valve for Chicago's O'Hare and Midway.  The Metra commuter railroad connects with Chicago. Aurora is considered above average in walkability when compared to other towns.

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Valuable Links

Guide to retirement in Ilinois
Wikipedia for Aurora
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What people are saying about Aurora

Living in Aurora
While I would not characterize Aurora to be a bad place to live, the town strikes us as a typical suburban bedroom community that seems determined to stand in the shadow of its larger neighbor, Denver, especially when it comes to cultural and sports activity and fine dining. It may be that the demographic base of Aurora and Arapahoe county are in such rapid flux that the area may be in the throes of an identity crisis of sorts. For example, though once a conservative political mainstay, the area is now leaning left and went to the Democratic Presidential candidate in the last election. My wife and I have lived on the Front Range since 2003 with six of those years being here in Aurora, and we have yet to find anything noteworthy or inspiring that would lead us to consider Aurora as a retirement destination for anyone. As such, we definitely plan to move on when the time is right.
Posted by 3asurvivor on November 13, 2012

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Facts about AURORA
  • State: IL
  • Environment: Urban,College Town,Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: admin

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