Aurora, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago, the third largest city in the country. Aurora's population is just over 200,000 and certainly qualifies it as a big town, and if you want just a few more lights, Chicago is just 40 miles away.
The city's official name is the "City of Lights," because it holds the honor as one of the first cities in the U.S. to install an electric street lighting system. Today, the city boasts remnants from its impressive history, including structures by Frank Lloyd Wright and George Grant Elmslie. The town has its share of cultural attractions, including the Phillips Park Zoo and a major Hindu temple.
The cost of living in Aurora is nearly three percent above the national average, probably due to its proximity to Chicago. The median income is about $62,493, according to census data.
Aurora, IL Job Opportunities
Aurora's largest employer is Caterpillar, recent reports show, and 3 of its top 10 employers are medical facilities. Other top employers are the City of Aurora and the city's educational facilities.
Manufacturing jobs include positions such as forklift operators and machine operators, as well as supervisory roles. Depending on education and experience, the median wage for manufacturing jobs in Aurora may pay an average of about $36 an hour, which is below the national average. Healthcare jobs include open positions such as nurses, physical therapists, and other practitioner positions. The annual mean wage for these positions is $24.76 an hour, which is just below the national average.
Aurora, IL Employment Trends
More than 30 percent of Aurora's workforce has a Bachelor's degree or higher. The region is anticipating growth of commercial activity and logistics that will require a skilled workforce. The city is working to increase more jobs in industrial, retail and mixed-use development as well.