Aurora, Illinois Population 2020

198,870
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Aurora is a city located in Illinois. With a 2020 population of 198,870, it is the 2nd largest city in Illinois (after Chicago) and the 124th largest city in the United States. Aurora is currently declining at a rate of -0.18% annually but its population has increased by 0.49% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 197,899 in 2010. Aurora reached it's highest population of 200,945 in 2016. Spanning over 46 miles, Aurora has a population density of 4,418 people per square mile.

The average household income in Aurora is $91,235 with a poverty rate of 12.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,205 per month, and the median house value is $178,300. The median age in Aurora is 33.4 years, 32.4 years for males, and 34.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.4 males.

Aurora is a city in Illinois that is located outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The city stretches across four counties: DuPage, Kendall, Kane and Will. The city in the early 2000s was ranked as one of the fastest-growing in the US.

Aurora Population Growth

Throughout the years, Aurora has seen steady population growth. Its population from 1850 to 1860 grew by over 400%. While this was the highest recorded rate, the city has seen continuous growth through every 10-year census. The city hit the 100,000 milestone during the 1990s before almost doubling by the time of the 2010 census. Since the last census, the city has seen a population growth of 1.6%. Based on its historical growth as well as the new developments springing up in and around the city, it’s almost certain that Aurora will continue to exhibit steady growth to hit its next population milestone.

Aurora’s history dates back to 1834 when it was first settled. It was not officially incorporated until 1845 when it was designated as a village. In 1857, Aurora was incorporated as a city. Aurora was initially divided into two parts: East Aurora and West Aurora. Upon its incorporation in 1857, the two regions merged to create one city. The city’s industry was based around factories and the railroad, which was one of the largest employers until the 1960s. It was because of the heavy industries in the city that lured in immigrants from all over Europe, including but not limited to German, French and Italian inhabitants.

The city has always been one that has been progressive in many different areas including women, education, and religion. Also notable is that Aurora was one of the first US cities to deploy an electric street light system in the 1880s. This earned Aurora the nickname, “City of Lights.”

The city’s economy was based around manufacturing until the railroad shops closed, which led to the closure and relocation of other factories. This, in turn, led to an unemployment rate that climbed to 16% during the 1980s. Further development of the city also was a contributing factor to the decline of other areas of the city, which in turn led to heightened crime rates and gang violence. One good thing that did come out of this dark period was that the city was becoming very ethnically and culturally diverse. During the late 1980s, the city began to make a comeback. More businesses opened and development spread following the construction of the Hollywood Casino in the early 1990s. Development continued through the 1990s, especially in rural areas, and the population of Aurora continued to grow.

Today, the city is thriving and has a very diverse population of over 200,000 inhabitants. The downtown area is being revitalized while other new developments continue to emerge throughout the city and its outskirts to accommodate future growth.

Aurora Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Aurora was:

  • White: 57.63%
  • Other race: 19.51%
  • Black or African American: 10.77%
  • Asian: 8.16%
  • Two or more races: 3.34%
  • Native American: 0.50%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Aurora, Illinois is 198,870, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 199,602.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 197,899.

Aurora, Illinois Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White115,64257.63%
Some Other Race39,14419.51%
Black or African American21,62010.77%
Asian16,3648.16%
Two or More Races6,6993.34%
American Indian and Alaska Native9960.50%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1950.10%
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Aurora Population Pyramid 2020

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Aurora Median Age

33.4


Total

32.4


Male

34.3


Female

Aurora Adults

There are 142,147 adults, (17,236 of whom are seniors) in Aurora.

Aurora Age Dependency

60.6

Age Dependency Ratio

13.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Aurora Sex Ratio

Female

100,636

50.15%

Male

100,024

49.85%

Aurora Households and Families

Aurora Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Aurora Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76%24%
All63.8%36.2%
Non Family51.7%48.3%
Male50.9%49.1%
Female44.3%55.7%

63.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All63,2043.1563.8
Married34,1993.7876
Non Family16,4631.3451.7
Female9,0203.8244.3
Male3,5223.850.9

3.66

Average Family Size

3.15

Average Household Size

7.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Aurora Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,41512.63%
9th to 12th Grade11,5139.43%
High School Graduate26,65621.83%
Some College22,06518.07%
Associates Degree8,6417.08%
Bachelors Degree23,87319.55%
Graduate Degree13,92411.40%
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Aurora Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White52,22849,53523,397
Hispanic45,17623,6423,455
Other Race20,3708,816665
Black12,94211,3863,416
Asian10,4969,3997,130
Multiple Races2,0521,851649
Native American67954679
Islander7262

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.84%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 67.93%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,453$45,549$31,267
Less Than High School$25,153$27,689$18,956
High School Grad$30,907$34,154$26,360
Some College$40,031$50,291$30,785
Bachelors Degree$62,768$75,140$46,081
Graduate Degree$81,185$103,148$63,631

$38,453

Average Earnings

$45,549

Average Male

$31,267

Average Female

Aurora Language

Aurora Language by Age

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Aurora Language

54.76% of Aurora residents speak only English, while 45.24% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 36.00% of the population.

Aurora Poverty

Aurora Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic85,43214,81617.34%
Other38,9908,65522.20%
White71,8494,4956.26%
Black21,3934,29220.06%
Asian16,3359645.90%
Multiple6,65087013.08%
Native95916417.10%

12.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.71%

Male Poverty Rate

14.58%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Aurora

The race most likely to be in poverty in Aurora is Other, with 22.20% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Aurora is Asian, with 5.90% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.70%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.87%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School17.68%
High School12.94%
Some College7.63%
Bachelors or Greater3.08%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed31.46%
Male Unemployed18.05%
Female Employed6.93%
Male Employed4.30%

Aurora Income

Aurora Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$69,730$91,235
Families$78,372$99,916
Married Families$95,091$114,966
Non Families$42,772$58,752
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Aurora Marital Status

Aurora Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.9%

Male Marriage Rate

48.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Aurora Married by Age and Sex

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Aurora Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Aurora Marital Status by Race

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Aurora Veterans

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6,194

Number of Veterans

5,858

Male Veterans

336

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,975
Second Gulf War1,325
First Gulf War1,239
Korea397
World War II377
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,688
65 to 741,659
75+1,131
55 to 64963
18 to 34753
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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,6565.44%
Black1,0566.74%
Hispanic8701.57%
Other2250.90%
Asian1491.26%
2 or More1083.60%

Aurora Veterans by Education

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5.72%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.80%

Veteran Disability Rate

Aurora Employment Status

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72%

Labor Force Participation

67.7%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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58.80%

Born in Illinois

75.20%

Native Born

24.80%

Foreign Born

15.06%

Non Citizen

9.74%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.20% of Aurora residents were born in the United States, with 58.80% having been born in Illinois. 15.06% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020198,870-366-0.18%
2019199,236-366-0.18%
2018199,602-977-0.49%
2017200,579-366-0.18%
2016200,9455290.26%
2015200,4161710.09%
2014200,2454190.21%
2013199,8261850.09%
2012199,6415410.27%
2011199,1009430.48%
2010198,15755,1673.32%
2000142,99043,4093.68%
199099,58118,2882.05%
198081,2936,3190.81%
197074,97411,2591.64%
196063,71513,1392.34%
195050,5763,4060.70%
194047,1705810.12%
193046,58910,1922.50%
192036,3976,5902.02%
191029,8075,6602.13%
190024,1474,4592.06%
189019,6887,8155.19%
188011,8737110.62%
187011,1625,1516.38%
18606,0110.00%