Aurora is a city located in Arapahoe County, Colorado with small sections in neighboring Adams County and Douglas County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 276,900.
Historically, Aurora began as a small farming community on the plains east of Denver.
Although Aurora has long been considered by many in Colorado as one of Denver's larger suburbs, its growing population in recent decades (now over half the size of Denver proper) has led to efforts by some of citizens to be recognized as co-equal with its larger neighbor. A former mayor once expressed the somewhat whimsical notion that eventually the area would be called the "Aurora Metropolitan Area." It is widely recognized, however, that such an effort is somewhat hampered by the lack of a large historically important central business district to the city, which is highly surburban in character.
Aurora is the location of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, and is the birthplace of 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
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