Aurora City is the second largest city in the state of Illinois. It was the first city in the United States to instigate all-electric lighting schemes in 1881 claiming the name “The City of Lights”. To date, it’s still keeping that declaration alive especially in the downtown area where the famous Paramount Theater and Hollywood Casino are situated.
CNNMoney.com considers Aurora, IL as 74th among the best places to live in, in the US. Generally, the people of Aurora are composed of Native Americans, Mexicans, Hispanics, and mostly European roots. This is brought about by the surge of immigrants from nearby countries and continents between 1850’s when Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad positioned their railroad car constructions and shops in the city. The company became one of the largest employers until 1960’s.
The city which is found mainly in Kane County but has some parts located in Dupage, Kendall and Will County is subdivided into several neighborhoods. Foreign immigrants live in Dutchtown, Little Italy, Uptown and Pigeon Hill neighborhoods. The West Side neighborhoods like Sans Souci, Cherry Hill, Riddle Highlands, Lakeside Sans Souci and Downtown Aurora are the home to more affluent families. Foxcroft, a rather famous neighborhood houses middleclass families was built in 1970’s and was expected to be the city’s center of economic growth. However for years now the vision hasn’t materialized yet. Despite this, it is still a well-known neighborhood since it is where the Illinois Math and Science Academy is situated. East Side neighborhoods like Frontenac, Southpark, and Newport Hill among others are where the moderately depressed areas are situated. Median houses are usually priced at around $189,000 to $216,300 while the median family income is around $62,523 to 77,000 a year. The city’s population is dominated by singles around the late 20’s to early 30’s but there are still quite a large amount of people who are married and have families. The male population is ahead by about 1%. Sales tax is at 7.75% while the income tax is 3%. Commute time to work is around 22.9 minutes and people get by through private vehicles mostly, buses and rail and a little percentage walk or ride a bike going to work. The weather in Aurora, IL consists of around 192 sunny days and 106 precipitation days, thus 23% of the whole year are considered clear days.
If you’re considering getting an Aurora home mortgage, you won’t definitely regret it. The city has a comprehensive health plan for almost 86.7% of its inhabitants, which is probably one of the reasons why the residents’ body mass average is 27 reaching the 27 body mass average for the best places to live in, in the US standards. The cost of living in the city compared to the average 100 of the US average is 92.32 overall, including food, utilities and miscellaneous. Job growth from year 2000-2007 reached 24.18%, making the unemployment rate lower compared to earlier years. As for the crime rate however, on the scale of 10 as the highest in the US the city is at 5. But then, the city government is exerting extra efforts in reducing the crime rate. In fact together with the FBI and the Aurora Police Department they adopted the “Cease-Fire” program to at least reduce gang violence in the vicinity.
There are lots of things that you can do in Aurora. Besides housing the aforementioned Hollywood Casino and Paramount Theater, the ever famous Walter Payton’s Roundhouse restaurant is also found in the “City of Lights”. Every Friday during summer, a food festival is held in Downtown Aurora, certainly one of the most anticipated events in the city. There’s also the Aurora Public Library and several museums in town like the Aurora Historical Society Museum to name one.
If you’re considering living in Aurora, IL, and experience how Garth and Wayne of Wayne’s World from the 1992 sitcom lived, then it’s definitely worth a try. Who knows, one of these days you might find yourself bumping into the stars of Prison Break while strolling the Northgate Shopping Center.