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Aurora is popular with commuters and families looking for urban amenities at an affordable cost. Historically an industrial and manufacturing town, Aurora experienced immense growth in population after the 1960s, forming a culturally diverse city full of redevelopments and new construction. Given its location along I-88, the city serves as a major hub for residents moving to the area and has attracted a diverse range of corporate headquarters, government facilities, and local businesses.
Cost of Living
Although the city is within commuting distance of Chicago, housing prices remain affordable compared to neighboring areas. Rent and home prices are below average for the state and the city offers a range of prices and home types.
Aurora is home to a number of transportation options that allow for easy transport to downtown Chicago and nearby areas. I-88 runs through the city and serves as the main passage for traffic into Chicago; the city also has easy access to Illinois Route 25, which offers quick transport to the rest of Chicagoland and neighboring towns.
Aurora also has direct rail transport into Chicago via the Metra commuter rail system and is roughly 45-55 minutes away from both major airports.
Aurora is largely served by three main school districts (East Aurora School District 131, West Aurora School District 129, and IPSD), but parts of the city are served by districts from neighboring Batavia, Maple Park, and other nearby towns due to its size. Aurora residents have access to numerous high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, along with private grade school and high school options. Aurora is also home to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, enrolling academically talented students from grades 10-12.
The city hosts a number of local attractions including Phillips Park Zoo, the SciTech Hands On Museum, and the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Aurora also boasts a bustling historic downtown area with restaurants, bars, shopping, and other entertainment options for all ages.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.