Jan 26, 2023 - News

By the numbers: Aurora's population and diversity

Aurora and Colorado statistics
Data: ACS 2021 1-year; ACS 2020 5-year; Chart: Axios Visuals

Aurora is the most diverse city in Colorado.

Between the lines: The city on Denver's eastern border saw a major population boom from the 1960s-1980s. During that time, the 1968 Fair Housing Act began being enforced according to a report from the University of California-Berkeley's Othering and Belonging Institute.

  • Aurora's Buckley Air Force Base also played a role in increasing diversity, as housing on base was integrated and the military offered secure employment and private housing incentives.

By the numbers: The city on Denver's eastern border is 21% foreign-born, according to the latest census data, compared with 10% for the state.

  • From 2011 to 2021, Aurora has experienced 17% growth (and a 14% increase in housing units), state data shows.
  • Yes, but: Poverty is higher and the median income is lower compared with the state, an Axios Denver analysis found.

Of note: The analysis from UC Berkeley labels Denver-Aurora-Lakewood as a "high segregation" area.


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