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Retirement Living In Aurora - Illinois

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Area Description

Aurora is a city in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties in the outer region of Greater Chicago in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the second most populous city in the state, and the 114th most populous city in the country. The population of Aurora is 200,965 according to the U.S. Census Bureau's estimates for 2017.

Once a mid-sized manufacturing city, Aurora has grown tremendously since the 1960s. Founded within Kane County, Aurora's city limits and population have since expanded into DuPage, Will, and Kendall counties. Between 2000 and 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Aurora as the 34th fastest growing city in the United States. From 2000 to 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked the city as the 46th fastest growing city with a population of over 100,000.

In 1908, Aurora officially adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. Aurora's historic downtown is located on the Fox River, and centered on Stolp Island. The city is divided into three regions, The West Side, located on the west side of the Fox River, The East Side, located between the eastern bank of the Fox River and the Kane/DuPage County line, and the Far East Side/Fox Valley, which is from the County Line to the city's eastern border with Naperville.

The Aurora area is home to an impressive collection of architecture, including structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. The Hollywood Casino Aurora, a dockside gaming facility with 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) and 1,200 gaming positions, is located on the river in downtown Aurora. Aurora is also home to a large collection of Sears Catalog Homes (over 50 homes) and Lustron all-steel homes (seven homes).

The city has a total area of 46 square miles, and is one of only three cities in Illinois spanning four counties. The city is divided into 10 wards.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Come enjoy local sporting events and our beautiful zoo. During the summer months Aurora boasts the largest outdoor waterpark in Illinois. Treasures abound as you explore this dynamic community only an hour drive from downtown Chicago. Also be sure to venture into one of the many restaurants the area has to offer. Everything from casual, trendy, ethnic, pub-fare to formal dining we guarantee the experience at one of our local eateries will have you coming back for more. And when the sun goes down, take advantage of our vibrant nightlife featuring live bands from across the State.

We have lots to do, visit our things to do web page: http://www.enjoyaurora.com/entertainment.cfm

Cultural Activities

Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois and its surrounding areas have you covered when it comes to entertainment! We have a diverse arts and renowned theatre scene. Visit one of the historic museums. Catch a show at the Paramount Theatre or come for a concert at RiverEdge Park.

Public transportation

The Aurora Transportation Center offers easy transit into downtown Chicago with stops in the western suburbs via the Metra commuter train. Aurora also offers an extensive public transportation system through PACE, including buses, vanpools, and ADA Paratransit.

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Aurora, Illinois?

For those of you that retire in Aurora, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 20's and highs in the low 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's. You may have a few days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Aurora such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Aurora!

Summertime in Aurora is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Aurora, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  15  23  30
 Feb  18  27  35
 Mar  28  37  47
 Apr  38  49  60
 May  48  59  70
 Jun  59  70  80
 Jul  63  73  84
 Aug  61  71  82
 Sep  52  64  75
 Oct  41  52  62
 Nov  30  39  48
 Dec  19  27  34

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  28  4
 Feb  0  25  2
 Mar  0  21  0
 Apr  0  7  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  6  0
 Nov  0  18  0
 Dec  0  28  2

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  10  18 %
 Feb  2 "  8  21 %
 Mar  2 "  10  29 %
 Apr  4 "  11  37 %
 May  4 "  12  47 %
 Jun  4 "  11  58 %
 Jul  4 "  9  64 %
 Aug  4 "  10  63 %
 Sep  4 "  8  54 %
 Oct  3 "  9  42 %
 Nov  3 "  10  33 %
 Dec  2 "  11  22 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  9 "  18  6
 Feb  7 "  13  5
 Mar  3 "  3  2
 Apr  1 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  1
 Dec  8 "  11  6

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Cost of Living for Aurora, IL

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Senior Assistance in Aurora, IL

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What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Aurora Offer For Retirees?

As the second largest city in Illinois, job and volunteer opportunities are plentiful. Some examples include several local hospitals, local school districts, the public library, the Paramount Theater, and the Culture Stock non-profit bookstore.

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