Not a bad view! To wake up every morning and over a cup of steaming coffee gaze up at the front range of the Rocky Mountains. This is just one of many attributes that make Aurora, Colorado, a great place to live. For many a year Aurora has had the nickname of the “Gateway to the Rockies”. Many visitors might consider Aurora a suburb of neighboring Denver. When you do a little research you’ll find that it holds its own with many quality of life amenities.
Ranked in the Best Places to Live
To take a high level view here are a few headliners in helping Aurora achieve its high ranking. There are many outdoor recreational opportunities, great access to quality health care and a terrific arts scene to get the argument started. 100 parks and more than 5,000 acres dedicated to open space and recreation can’t help but encourage you to be active. A local reservoir adds water activities and an extensive trail screams for bikers, joggers and rollerblading. To tighten the focus, there is a 220 acre Sports park that plays a huge role in youth sporting activities. There are dozens of fields for baseball, softball, lacrosse
and soccer. Sports Illustrated recognized Aurora a dozen years ago for its involvement in facilitating and enhancing sports for youth.
Strong Population base
With a population of close to 350,000 you will find several highly rated hospitals. Two to mention are the Children’s Hospital Colorado, recognized nationally for its pediatric care, and the Anschutz Medical Campus, which is a state of the art research, education and patient care facility on the cutting edge of treatment. With this many residents you will not lack for retail shopping opportunities. Crazy as it sounds you can navigate the 27 mile long Colfax Avenue and find something for everyone. Or you can visit one of the region’s largest retail areas in the Southlands.
The Culture, the Arts
Not every city can boast of having their own Symphony, but Aurora does. There are many, many musical and theatrical performances scheduled year round for all ages. More than 25 different historic sites are managed by the city as it preserves its heritage, back to the days of the gold rush in the 1880s.
How about the Weather?
Aurora averages about 243 days of moderate climate. That lends itself to some great golfing opportunities. There are over a dozen courses to choose from and as you hit your first drive and watch the ball sail, don’t forget the mile high elevation gives you more lift and distance.
Do these small cities sound familiar? Tacoma, WA, Tallahassee, FL, Tempe, AZ, Santa Monica, CA and Ashville, NC to mention a few. These are the small cities that Aurora rubs shoulders with when criteria ranks Aurora, CO, as a great place to live. Gosh, we forgot to mention that the cost of living is very moderate as well. Step aside Denver!
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