SE Aurora

Once a budding frontier town of farmers and ranchers just east of the state’s capital, Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city with a diverse population of more than 366,000. From agricultural outpost to military bastion, Aurora established its foundation as a driving force in the west. And the rest is history.

Tree-lined streets, open prairie, majestic views of the mountains and ample neighborhood parks make Aurora neighborhoods a comfortable place to call home. More than 450 neighborhoods complete the fabric of the community.

City Facts

At 154 square miles, the city reaches into Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas counties. Aurora’s strategic comprehensive plan emphasizes the formation of livable, full-service neighborhoods. ​

Just minutes away from Denver International Airport, Aurora is home to a vibrant business environment, including major industries such as aerospace and defense, renewable energy, bioscience and health care, and transportation and logistics. Businesses large and small are welcomed and nurtured through such programs as the Aurora Advantage 4 Business and the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center.

Aurora has five golf courses, two reservoirs, more than 97 parks, and over 5,000 acres of open space and trails. Situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Aurora is a gateway to all Colorado has to offer.

​Metropolitan housing information

Aurora has over 130,000 housing units, with 51% being single family detached homes. Compared with the metro area, the state, and the country, Aurora has a larger percentage of single family attached homes and small multifamily buildings. The whole metro area has a lower percentage of duplex homes when compared to the state and to the country. Aurora has lower percentage of multifamily buildings with 50 or more units than the metro area.

​Property tax calculator

To calculate Aurora property tax, the county considers the classification of the property (business, residential, etc.), the actual value of the property, the current assessment rate, the assessed value and finally the property tax rate.

Annually, a home’s value is reassessed based on homes that have sold in the area — as a result, rising home values have a direct impact on the property tax bill, and as Colorado has one of the fastest growing real estate markets in the country it’s also important to consider the long term effect rising values may have on property tax obligations.

The value of a property is then multiplied by the residential assessment rate, which, as of 2016, is .0796. The product is considered the “assessed value” of a home, and a property tax rate is applied to that number.

For example, if your home is valued at $275,000, it receives the residential assessment rate of .0796 which results in an assessed value of $21,890. This number is subjected to the (sample) property tax rate of .075, and that results in a tax bill of $1,653. The process is the same regardless of where you live, but the rates used vary based on your county of residence.

School District

APS 2020: Shaping the Future is the district’s strategic plan to our vision that every child shapes a successful future. The APS Board of Education and Leadership Team gathered feedback on the plan from staff, parents, students, community, and business members.

Total numberSchools
0.8%Native American
0.7%Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
4.1%Two or More Races
The dropout rate is 3.4%.

APS students come from more than 130 countries and speak over 160 different languages.

11.7% of our students benefit from special education programs.

There are 63 schools in APS: 4 child development centers, 28 elementary schools, 6 P-8 / K-8 schools, 6 middle schools, 1 Grades 6-12 academy, 6 high schools, 1 vocational/technical college, 1 gifted and talented K-8 school, 9 charter schools and 1 home school support program.

The current K-12 enrollment for Aurora Public Schools is more than 37,947 students. See the table for the student population breakdown.

Neighborhood Activities

Aurora is a destination filled with unique attractions, locations, and one-of-a-kind activities. Explore the beauty of Colorado’s outdoors at one of the dozens of parks, 50 miles of trails, six public golf courses, or two gorgeous reservoirs—not to mention the 6,000 acres of open space. Discover Aurora’s intuitive cultural art district and visit one of the many theaters, museums, and family-friendly attraction. Shopping aficionados will love the mix of retail destinations, ranging from independent, locally owned boutiques to well-known, national brands.

Homes For Sale In SE Aurora

Aurora provides access to quality education. Four school districts and 12 campuses of higher learning meeting the instructional needs of residents and those beyond the city limits. The city’s annual Aurora Scholars program honors a student in every grade in every school in Aurora.

Each resident has a right to expect a safe city and to trust that they will be helped in an emergency. Nearly 60 percent of the city’s general fund budget supports Aurora’s public safety functions. Aurora is Colorado’s safest large city.