Aurora, Colorado

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12162 East Mississippi Ave.
Aurora, CO 80012

We are grateful to serve families of the deceased with cremation in Aurora, Colorado.

Aurora, Colorado is the largest suburb of Denver. In 2010, with a population of 325,087, it was known as the third most populous city in all of Colorado and the 54th most populous in the U.S.


When Aurora was founded, way back in the 1880s, it was originally named Fletcher after Donald Fletcher. This man and his partner staked a claim on four square miles near the booming town of Denver to follow suit. But their town did not quite flourish in the same way.  When the Silver Crash of 1893 hit, Donald Fletcher sought new opportunities elsewhere, leaving the town with a large water debt. The remaining citizens renamed the town Aurora in 1907­ after one of the subdivisions. It was then that the town began to flourish, and by the 1970s-80s became one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.


Today, Aurora is a part of both Arapahoe and Adams Counties in Colorado and is considered a Home Rule Municipality. By 2010 it was considered to have half the population of Denver, the most populous municipality within 500 miles. By 2017, the population increased by approximately 4%, bringing it to 338,437 people in the city.

Life and Living

Birth Rates

In Colorado, in 2017 there were 66,581 live births. Of these, early or preterm births accounted for 8.8%. Cesarean sections, or C-sections, accounted for 26.5%. The infant mortality rate for the state of Colorado is 4.5%, which is lower than the national average. This is found by calculating the number of deaths per 1,000 live births.

Death Rates

Colorado’s top two leading causes of death in 2017 are cancer and heart disease. Cancer caused 7,829 deaths that year, while heart disease caused 7,060. The third and fourth leading causes are accidents (3,037) and chronic lower respiratory diseases (2,604). Stroke (1,988), Alzheimer’s disease (1,830), and suicide (1,181)  follow after. Diabetes, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, and the flu or pneumonia round out the top ten causes of death in the state of Colorado.

Mortality Data

As in all places, there are a few more violent deaths. In 2017, 17.6% or 1,015 deaths were caused by a drug overdose. 13.4% or 779 deaths were caused by a firearm. 3.2% or 261 deaths were attributed to homicide.


There are 5 hospitals in Aurora’s city limits:

  • The Medical Center of Aurora
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Kindred Hospital Aurora
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital

Primary Education

There are five school districts in Aurora:

  • Cherry Creek Public Schools
  • Bennet Public Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Douglas County School District
  • Brighton Public Schools

Higher Education

Aurora hosts 10 higher education institution of many variations. These include:

  • Anthem College
  • Everest College
  • Concorde Career College
  • Platt College
  • Colorado Technical University South Denver Campus
  • Colorado School of Holistic and Naturopathic Studies
  • Columbia College–Aurora
  • University of Colorado Denver at the Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Ecotech Institute
  • Colorado Community College of Aurora
    • Pickens Technical College
    • Community College of Aurora


Aurora’s largest public employers, according to the Aurora Economic Development Council, are:

  • Buckley Air Force Base
  • Anschutz Medical Campus
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Cherry Creek Schools
  • City of Aurora
  • Community College of Aurora

The city’s largest private employers according to the council are:

  • The Children’s Hospital
  • Raytheon Company
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • ADT Security Services
  • HealthONE Colorado: The Medical Center of Aurora
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Staples
  • Beverage Distributors Co.
  • Advantage Security, Inc.

Aurora in Pop Culture

Some famous people from Aurora are:

  • Scott Cambell
  • Neil Hopkins
  • Paul G Tremblay
  • Paul Stewart

Things to Do

Aurora contains and/or manages over 100 parks, 6 award-winning golf courses, and Star K Ranch–which contains Aurora’s Morrison Nature Center, a natural wildlife habitat. There are plenty of opportunities to explore nature, whether through hiking through the parks, unique growing methods in the Denver Urban Gardens, or historic restorative methods in the Plains Conservation Center. There are of course also the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Cultural Arts District, and Aurora History Museum if you want to explore a few more cultural options.

A Great Place

The Cremation Society of Colorado is proud to serve Aurora, Denver, and the surrounding areas and to help you in your time of loss.

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