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.


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 value was $157,000 in mid-2016, according to Zillow.


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

What is not special about Aurora

 Winters are cold, property taxes are high.


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")

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.


Aurora's property crime rate is lower than the national average.  It's violent crime rate has dropped from a very high rate during the 1990's and the early 2000's, but is still a little above the national average.


Medical facilities

There are 2 hospitals - Provena Mercy Center and Rush-Copley Medical Center


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.


Valuable Links

Aurora, Illinois

Guide to retirement in Ilinois
Wikipedia for Aurora


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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): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: admin

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