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Aurora is Illinois’ second largest city with a population of approximately 180,000, of which, about 102,000 residents are between the ages of 21 and 65 years of age. This age group, which represents most of the work force, is divided almost evenly between male and female. Another 14,000 residents are between the ages of 15 and 20, and are in the workforce or will soon be.

There are an estimated 55,213 households in 2005, with a median household income of $61,964 and an average household income of $77,561. The average household size is 3.07. Approximately 70.4% of Aurora residents own their homes. The estimated median housing value is $181,661.

The city’s population consists of 10.9% African American alone, 4.4% Asian alone, 64.3% White alone; other Races comprise 20.4%. The city’s Hispanic or Latino population by origin is 42%.

Of the population over 25 years of age, 24% have less than a High School degree, 22% have a High School degree, 24% have some College or an Associate Degree, 21% have a Bachelor’s Degree, and 9% have a Graduate Degree.

Over the past 25 years Aurora and its economic base has expanded considerably:

  • Aurora’s population has increased from 84,540 to approximately 180,000.
  • Aurora’s size has dramatically increased from 15.68 square miles in 1972 to 42 square miles in 2005.
  • Median household income has increased 155% — from $24,279 in 1986 to $61,964 in 2005.

Additionally, Aurora features a diversified economy of retail, office, manufacturing, distribution and entertainment industries. In addition to 16 business parks located throughout the city that house various Fortune 500 companies, Aurora is also home to numerous retailers including the Westfield Fox Valley regional shopping mall as well as the Chicago Premium Outlets. The strength of Aurora’s retail market is evident in the 2008 Melaniphy Chicagoland Retail Sales Report that states that Aurora’s retail sales totaled $2 billion during 2007 – 2008.

Greater Aurora – Naperville Area

The Greater Aurora area, encompassing the City of Naperville, as well as the Tri-Cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles, and the fast-growing Kendall and Kane County communities of Oswego, Yorkville, Montgomery, Sugar Grove, Plainfield, and North Aurora, is one of the fastest growing regions of the country.

The population of this region is 469,855.

By the year 2010, Naperville and Aurora will have a combined population of more than 354,789 people, which is larger than Cincinnati, OH.

The Greater Aurora - Naperville area is projected to have a population in excess of 538,158 by the year 2010.

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