Aurora Population 2024

Aurora Population

Aurora is a city of state Illinois. The city has the second largest population in Illinois with population around 202,000 that accounts for 1.57% of the state population. Aurora has nick names of “City of Lights”. The city population is far behind the population of Chicago, almost 10 times less than Chicago.

Based on our research, Aurora population will reach 203,843 by 1st July of 2024. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.17% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of Aurora

Looking back last twelve years of Aurora’s population, the growth rate slow and consistent ranging from 0.04% to 0.27%, losing around 82 to adding 541 people each year to the overall population. The growth mostly relies on organic growth. Comparing with other cities in Illinois, Aurora population growth rate is above the state average.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 199,291 n/a
2012 199,832 0.27%
2013 200,074 0.12%
2014 200,495 0.21%
2015 200,577 0.04%
2016 201,110 0.27%
2017 201,408 0.15%
2018 201,863 0.23%
2019 202,233 0.18%
2020 202,495 0.13%
2021 202,808 0.15%
2022 203,190 0.19%
2023 203,490 0.15%

Demographics of Aurora

According to U.S. Census Bureau, 48.53 percent of the Aurora population is male and 51.47 percent are female. Average age is 29. The population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older.

The top five races for people living in Aurora are: White (68.07%), Black (0.36%), Asian (3.06%), Hispanic or Latino (32.56%), Two or more races (2%).

The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Aurora are: Spanish, Chinese, German, French and Kru, Ibo, Yoruba. Spanish dominates the non-English speaking Language due to Latin American immigrant population.

The religious makeup of Aurora is: 71% of Auroraans identify as Christians, 7% identity with other faiths, and 22% have no religious affiliation. Aurora also has many Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and others.

Population Density of Aurora

Aurora’s population density is 1,729 per square kilometer, which is one of the most densely populated major cities in US.

Facts About Aurora

  1. Founded in 1837 by New York natives Joseph and Samuel McCarty, Aurora was originally named McCarty Mills.
  2. The Illinois city of Aurora is located about 42 miles west of Chicago along the Illinois East/West Tollway Corridor.
  3. In 1892 Aurora had a population of 23,788. Its government was the mayor-council system, with five wards on the east side and two on the west.
  4. Aurora was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881.
  5. 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.
  6. The median income for a household in the city was $54,861, and the median income for a family was $61,113.
  7. The city is home to Aurora University, two branches of Waubonsee Community College, and a branch of Rasmussen College.
  8. The city is the second most populous city in the state and the 114th most populous city in the country.


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