These Are The 10 Best Aurora Suburbs For 2018

We analyzed over 28 places around Aurora to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Aurora are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Aurora for 2018:

  1. Castle Pines (Photos | Homes)
  2. Castle Pines (Photos | Homes)
  3. Centennial (Photos | Homes)
  4. Parker (Photos | Homes)
  5. Lone Tree (Photos | Homes)
  6. Castle Rock (Photos | Homes)
  7. Broomfield (Photos | Homes)
  8. Arvada (Photos | Homes)
  9. Littleton (Photos | Homes)
  10. Golden (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Castle Pines, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Aurora ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Aurora for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Aurora was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Aurora.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 28 suburbs to evaluate around Aurora.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 28 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near Aurora.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Castle Pines.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Castle Pines

Castle Pines, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,389
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $505,200
Median Income: $140,764
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data
Castle Pines is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Aurora area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Castle Pines.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $140,764 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Aurora region. And only 3.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $505,200 each.

2. Castle Pines

Castle Pines, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,389
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $505,200
Median Income: $140,764
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data
Castle Pines is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Aurora for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.7% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

3. Centennial

Centennial, Colorado

Population: 107,862
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $339,300
Median Income: $96,422
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Here in Centennial, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Aurora metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Centennial.

4. Parker

Parker, Colorado

Population: 48,442
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $330,800
Median Income: $101,969
More on Parker: Real Estate | Data
Parker ranks as the 4th best suburb of Aurora for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Parker and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, Colorado

Population: 12,808
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $521,000
Median Income: $115,049
More on Lone Tree: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Lone Tree.

Lone Tree gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Aurora area, where houses sell for an average of $521,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Castle Rock

Castle Rock, Colorado

Population: 53,789
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $328,700
Median Income: $93,153
More on Castle Rock: Real Estate | Data
Castle Rock is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.9% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Castle Rock is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Aurora area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Broomfield

Broomfield, Colorado

Population: 62,449
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $328,200
Median Income: $83,334
More on Broomfield: Real Estate | Data
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Broomfield.

Broomfield schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 26.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Arvada

Arvada, Colorado

Population: 113,532
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $278,100
Median Income: $72,010
More on Arvada: Real Estate | Data
Arvada is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.6% of people lack insurance, good for 8th in the area.

9. Littleton

Littleton, Colorado

Population: 45,072
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $314,100
Median Income: $67,133
More on Littleton: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Littleton?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Golden

Golden, Colorado

Population: 20,268
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $423,600
Median Income: $59,028
More on Golden: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Golden.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Aurora ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Aurora, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Aurora Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Castle Pines 10,389 3.0% $505,200 $140,764
2 Castle Pines 10,389 3.0% $505,200 $140,764
3 Centennial 107,862 4.6% $339,300 $96,422
4 Parker 48,442 4.0% $330,800 $101,969
5 Lone Tree 12,808 4.3% $521,000 $115,049
6 Castle Rock 53,789 3.9% $328,700 $93,153
7 Broomfield 62,449 4.5% $328,200 $83,334
8 Arvada 113,532 5.3% $278,100 $72,010
9 Littleton 45,072 5.0% $314,100 $67,133
10 Golden 20,268 4.8% $423,600 $59,028
11 Thornton 130,511 4.5% $236,100 $69,417
12 Westminster 111,770 6.3% $249,900 $69,805
13 Lakewood 149,793 5.4% $273,200 $58,227
14 Denver 663,303 5.4% $292,700 $56,258
15 Wheat Ridge 31,044 5.5% $278,700 $49,340
16 Northglenn 38,128 6.3% $201,400 $59,188
17 Englewood 32,523 7.6% $238,400 $50,184
18 Brighton 36,307 5.0% $214,000 $62,316
19 Dacono 4,623 3.5% $182,500 $48,807
20 Bennett 2,097 8.0% $161,300 $51,391
21 Fort Lupton 7,814 6.6% $165,000 $52,154
22 Edgewater 5,278 12.9% $252,900 $44,046
23 Glendale 4,905 5.7% $135,200 $37,973
24 Lochbuie 5,367 4.1% $169,500 $52,204
25 Hudson 2,079 0.3% $168,900 $48,438
26 Sheridan 5,965 10.0% $151,500 $43,679
27 Federal Heights 12,173 5.6% $42,200 $37,474
28 Commerce 6,601 11.1% $98,400 $40,483

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