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Aurora Community Introduction

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Along the banks of the quiet Fox River that gracefully meanders through north central Illinois, you will find Aurora — “the City of Lights” — a leader in commerce, education and entertainment. It has long been hailed as a city of Illinois firsts: the first free school, the first YMCA building, and the community that witnessed the launching of the Republican Party. In addition, Aurora was the first city in the world to illuminate all of its streets with electric lights, giving birth to its current moniker, "The City of Lights."

Aurora is a pioneer in business and industry, with a robust commercial district and a rock-solid financial sector. Company owners with an eye on increasing productivity, growing profits and keeping costs down will be hard pressed to find a more attractive location with a more qualified labor pool.

Those who live, work, and play here know that Aurora is a fantastic community to raise a family; they are quick to point out its many advantages. In fact, so many friends and families have discovered Aurora’s secrets that the City of Lights is now the second largest city in the State, an impressive testimonial to its drawing power.

Within these pages, you will discover some of those secrets for yourself. You will find that the schools are unequaled in educational quality, the moderate cost of living fits into any budget and the wealth of entertainment available will leave enough memories to fill a lifetime.

Aurora has more than doubled in size — from 15.68 square miles in 1972 to 32.4 square miles in 1999.

Median household income has increased 103% — from $24,279 in 1986 to $49,321 in 2000.

Assessed valuation has increased 250% — from $533 million in 1987 to $1.87 billion in 1999

The City’s property tax rate has declined 14.5% — from $9.24 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 1984 to $7.90 per $1,000 in 1999 (Kane County portion).

Employment has increased 89% — from 34,898 in 1982 to 65,951 in 2000.

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