Aurora, Illinois Population 2021

194,873
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Aurora is a city located in Kane County Illinois. With a 2020 population of 194,873, it is the 2nd largest city in Illinois (after Chicago) and the 132nd largest city in the United States . Aurora is currently declining at a rate of -0.73% annually and its population has decreased by -1.53% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 197,899 in 2010. Aurora reached it's highest population of 200,799 in 2016. Spanning over 46 miles, Aurora has a population density of 4,330 people per square mile.

The average household income in Aurora is $94,667 with a poverty rate of 11.40%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,228 per month, and the median house value is $184,400. The median age in Aurora is 33.9 years, 32.8 years for males, and 35.1 years for females.

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: 59.49%
  • Other race: 17.02%
  • Black or African American: 10.09%
  • Asian: 8.86%
  • Two or more races: 3.89%
  • Native American: 0.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of Aurora, Illinois is 194,873 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 199,199.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 197,899.

Aurora, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White118,93659.49%
Some Other Race34,02317.02%
Black or African American20,17610.09%
Asian17,7048.86%
Two or More Races7,7803.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0650.53%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2430.12%
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Aurora Population by Race

Aurora Population Pyramid $2021

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Aurora Median Age

33.9


Total

32.8


Male

35.1


Female

Aurora Adults

There are 142,359 adults, (18,238 of whom are seniors) in Aurora.

Aurora Age Dependency

61.1

Age Dependency Ratio

14.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Aurora Sex Ratio

Female

100,269

50.15%

Male

99,658

49.85%

Aurora Population by Age

Aurora Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Aurora Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.1%22.9%
All64.5%35.5%
Non Family51.3%48.7%
Female47.4%52.6%
Male47.4%52.6%

64.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Aurora Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All63,5683.1264.5
Married34,3363.877.1
Non Family16,9931.3151.3
Female8,6473.747.4
Male3,5923.7247.4

3.66

Average Family Size

3.12

Average Household Size

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Aurora Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,38112.50%
9th to 12th Grade11,4999.35%
High School Graduate26,63121.65%
Some College22,55718.33%
Associates Degree8,5646.96%
Bachelors Degree23,50419.10%
Graduate Degree14,89412.11%
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Aurora Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Aurora Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White51,19248,93923,479
Hispanic46,46024,7543,747
Other Race18,1888,281709
Black12,48110,8982,976
Asian11,41610,1807,692
2+ Races2,6742,400893
Native American73052173
Islander8870

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.60%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 67.38%.

Aurora Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,208$46,065$31,581
Less Than 9th Grade$26,462$30,124$20,305
High School Graduate$31,391$35,232$26,693
Some College$39,125$50,171$31,345
Bachelors Degree$62,044$75,635$44,534
Graduate Degree$80,616$103,564$63,760

$39,208

Average Earnings

$46,065

Average Male

$31,581

Average Female

Aurora Earnings by Educational Attainment

Aurora Language by Age

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Aurora Language

54.10% of Aurora residents speak only English, while 45.90% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.78% of the population.

Aurora Language

Aurora Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic85,98313,62915.85%
Other33,9116,74419.89%
White70,2284,3936.26%
Black19,9683,21716.11%
Multiple7,65586111.25%
Asian17,6717424.20%
Native1,025706.83%

11.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.66%

Male Poverty Rate

13.14%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Aurora

The race most likely to be in poverty in Aurora is Other, with 19.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Aurora is Asian, with 4.20% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.43%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.34%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.78%.

Aurora Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.27%
High School11.44%
Some College7.47%
Bachelors or Greater2.64%

Aurora Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed28.96%
Male Unemployed17.48%
Female Employed6.41%
Male Employed3.93%

Aurora Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Aurora Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$71,749$94,667
Families$80,995$103,939
Married Families$98,543$119,626
Non Families$44,493$62,228
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Income by Household Type

Aurora Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.9%

Male Marriage Rate

48.5%

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 45-54.

Aurora Marital Status by Race

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Aurora Marital Status

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5,608

Number of Veterans

5,294

Male Veterans

314

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,705
Second Gulf War1,156
First Gulf War1,098
Korea365
World War II253

Aurora Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,562
65 to 741,518
75+1,032
55 to 64869
18 to 34627

Aurora Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0414.61%
Black9856.51%
Hispanic9331.66%
Other Race2931.33%
Asian1451.14%
2+ Races1443.95%

Aurora Veterans by Race

Aurora Veterans by Education

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8.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.49%

Veteran Disability Rate

Aurora Veterans by Education

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72.4%

Labor Force Participation

68.6%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Aurora Employment by Age

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Aurora Employment by Race

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Aurora Employment by Education

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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58.34%

Born in Aurora

74.60%

Native Born

25.40%

Foreign Born

14.84%

Non Citizen

10.56%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

74.60% of Aurora residents were born in the United States, with 58.34% having been born in Illinois. 14.84% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Aurora Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021194,873-1,442-0.73%
2020196,315-1,442-0.73%
2019197,757-1,442-0.72%
2018199,199-1,192-0.59%
2017200,391-408-0.20%
2016200,7994840.24%
2015200,3151260.06%
2014200,1893860.19%
2013199,8031550.08%
2012199,6484980.25%
2011199,1509430.48%
2010198,20755,2173.32%
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%

Aurora Population by Year