According to the tourism organization,Visit Aurora, Aurora, Colorado was originally known as Fletcher, but renamed for the Roman Goddess of the Dawn in 1907. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Aurora lives up to its name.
Aurora is located within three counties: Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas. There are four public school districts represented in Aurora, including Aurora, Cherry Creek, Douglas County, and Brighton Public Schools. The third largest city in Colorado, with a population of around 325,000, Aurora has gained some national recognition. It was ranked number one for best large cities for women in the workforce in 2014. Anchored by the Anschutz Medical Center, it is among the top ten cities for health care, and the Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Aurora was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the sixth best children’s hospital in the country for 2014-15. Aurora has also been named the eighth safest city in America, is listed in Livability’s top 100 places to live, and is known to be one of the top sports towns in the country as well.
Aurora has 108 municipal parks, seven golf courses, four public libraries and two reservoirs within its city limits. The city also features more than 400 ethnic restaurants, as a testament to its cultural diversity.
Buckley Air Force Base is the largest employer in Aurora, followed by Anschutz Medical Center. The main industries here are aerospace and defense, bioscience and health care, transportation and logistics, and renewable energy. Educational opportunities abound with 11 colleges or universities located in Aurora.
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