Aurora : Colorado


What It Is Like to Retire in Aurora

Aurora is a very large suburb east of Denver with a population of 386,261 (2020 Census). It is the third largest city in Colorado. Residents here enjoy proximity to Denver's cultural scene and access to outdoor recreation venues. 

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Where to Retire in Aurora and Home Prices

There are a large number of new housing developments, particularly in the southeastern area of town and surrounding suburbs such as Centennial. Many are active adult, while others are open to people of all ages. See active communities link at left. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price was $617,600 in the 4th Quarter of 2021, in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area.


What Is Special about Aurora

Aurora's convenient proximity to Denver is one of its major draws. The availability of affordable housing is its other best feature as well as its proximity to Denver International Airport.


What Is Not Special about Aurora

As a bedroom community for Denver, Aurora is not exactly a world-class dining or tourist attraction. Comprised mainly of unattractive strip malls, unchecked suburban sprawl, and drab, uninspired civic architecture, it is a repository for all things mediocre and unappealing that you would expect to find in such a setting.


Who Will Like Retirement in Aurora

Anyone who enjoys outdoors sports, particularly snow sports, would enjoy retiring in Aurora. It has many nice housing developments, particularly in the SE part of town. The Philip Anschutz Medical Complex in North Aurora is a well-intentioned effort to improve that area of town; however, it would be fair to say that north Aurora is still not suitable for retirees except for the burgeoning communities of Northfield and Stapleton that are good examples of the effort towards community revival and redevelopment in that area. The SE part of town offers a more country atmosphere with many newer developments with horse property attached and zoning requirements to match.


Local Economy Is Driven by

The local economy is primarily driven by Buckley Air Force Base, Raytheon Corporation, and the Anschutz Medical Complex, are major area employers. The nearby Denver Tech Center is also home to major employers in the broadcast media industry such as Comcast, DirectTV, Dish Satellite, and Starz Entertaiment.


Climate and Physical Environment

Aurora sits on the eastern plain at an altitude slightly higher than Denver. As such, it is prone to violent summer thunderstorms, winter blizzards, and the occasional funnel cloud, weather phenomena that are more common farther east in Kansas and Nebraska. Winter temperatures rarely drop below zero degrees. Summer temperatures can be very hot with stretches of 90+ or 100+ degrees, but the excessive heat is usually mitigated by afternoon clouds and thunderstorms. Winds can be fierce and strong, especially during the spring snow season, creating blizzard-like conditions, but this is not a frequent occurrence.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Dominated by fast food and national restaurant chains.



Crime is well above the national average.


Medical Facilities

Besides its proximity to excellent medical facilities in Denver, Aurora is home to Aurora South Medical Center, and the newly-constructed Philip Anschutz Medical Complex with University Hospital and Children's Hospital in the north part of town.



Aurora is just minutes away from Denver International Airport and straddles Interstates 70 and 225. Aurora is below average in walkability when compared to other towns.


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