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Best Cities 2010: Aurora, CO

City: Aurora

State: Colorado

Best Cities Overall Rank: 34

About Aurora: Aurora is the 3rd largest city in Colorado.

There's a 17:8 pupil-teacher ratio and students score well on the math state proficiency test, ranking 84.

County: Arapaho

Population: 319,057

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Aurora Sentinel

Aurora blogs: Aurora Sentinel, Denver Mothers and More, Colorado Parent

Aurora's Facebook page: Follow Aurora on Facebook

Aurora's Twitter page: Follow Aurora on Twitter

 

Education rank: 85

High School graduation rate 2008: 48.5%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 0

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 17.80

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,605

 

Health rank: 26

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.31

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 20

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1622

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 508.37

Sex Offenders: 476

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 149.19

 

Economy rank: 70

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 28           

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.3      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 770.02

Median Home Sale Price: $147,700                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -5.11%                       

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 37.91%

 

Recreation Rank:  10

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 8,480          

Parkland per 100,000: 2657.8

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