The Greater Aurora Market

Aurora is the third largest city in Colorado and is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area MSA, the 21st largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States. While Aurora remains a popular suburban location for families, the city has gained notoriety as a center for business, ranging from health care and medical research to military technology and operations

Population, 2012 estimate – 339,030
Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base – 324,598
Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 – 4.4%
Population definition and source info Population, 2010 – 325,078
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2010 – 8.4%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2010 – 27.3%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2010 – 8.9%
Female persons, percent, 2010 – 50.8%

White alone, percent, 2010 – 61.1%
Black or African American alone, percent, 2010 – 15.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2010 – 1.0%
Asian alone, percent, 2010 (a) – 4.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2010 – 0.3%
Two or More Races, percent, 2010 – 5.2%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2010 – 28.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2010 – 47.3%

Living in same house 1 year & over, percent, 2007-2011 – 78.7%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2007-2011 – 20.4%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent age 5+, 2007-2011 – 30.9%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011 – 85.2%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011 – 26.1%
Veterans, 2007-2011 – 24,792
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2007-2011 – 28.2

Housing units, 2010 – 131,040
Homeownership rate, 2007-2011 – 61.0%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2007-2011 – 37.5%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011 – $182,800
Households, 2007-2011 – 121,198
Persons per household, 2007-2011 – 2.63
Per capita money income in the past 12 months (2011 dollars), 2007-2011 – $24,257
Median household income, 2007-2011 – $50,468
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2007-2011 – 16.5%

Total number of firms, 2007 – 23,839
Black-owned firms, percent, 2007 – 7.5%
American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, percent, 2007 – 1.5%
Asian-owned firms, percent, 2007 – 7.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms, percent, 2007 – 0.1%
Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2007 – 11.1%
Women-owned firms, percent, 2007 – 30.2%

Manufacturers shipments, 2007 ($1000) – 767,216
Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1000) – 5,839,578
Retail sales, 2007 ($1000) – 3,664,522
Retail sales per capita, 2007 – $11,859
Accommodation and food services sales, 2007 ($1000) – 444,832

Largest Private Primary Employers
1 Children’s Hospital Colorado – 5,020 employees
2 Raytheon Company – 2,410 employees
3 Kaiser Permanente – 1,690 employees
4 HealthONE: The Medical Center of Aurora – 1,580 employees
5 Staples – 800 employees
6 Northrop Grumman – 790 employees
7 Lockheed Martin Corporation – 770 employees
8 ADT Security Systems – 750 employees
9 G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. – 680 employees
10 Advantage Security, Inc. – 600 employees
Source: Development Research Partners.

Largest Public Employers
1 Buckley Air Force Base* – 11,640 employees
2 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus** – 7,230 employees
3 Aurora Public Schools – 5,000 employees
4 University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) – 4,890 employees
5 Cherry Creek Schools*** – 3,840 employees
6 City of Aurora – 3,780 employees
7 Community College of Aurora – 600 employees
*Includes active duty members from every service, National Guard personnel and Reservist, civilians, and contractors.
**Denotes faculty, support staff, post docs, residents, and physicians. Physicians included in the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus employment count provide services to the University of Colorado Hospital and may also be included in the hospital’s employment count.
***Includes only those school district employees who work within the incorporated city of Aurora.
Source: Development Research Partners.

Land area in square miles, 2010 – 154.73