Aurora is a town partially situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine, located north Richmond Hill. Similar to Richmond Hill, its development was closely linked with the development of Yonge Street, planned primarily as a military road by the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe in 1793.
At first, Aurora was a small crossroads community located at Yonge and Wellington Streets. It was officially incorporated on 1863 as a village and later became a town. In 1885, Aurora was teeming business community with several factories and mills, multiple churches, a school house with hundreds of children and two weekly newspapers. In fact, many records described Aurora as the “largest village in the country.” The population continued to grow, by 1888 it was officially considered a town with a population of 2107 people.
Known for preserving its historical built form, Aurora was presented with The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership in 2008. In addition, the town also received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for promotion and Community Leadership in heritage conservation.
Today, Aurora continues to be fast growing community with a small town atmosphere and strong historical origins. According to MoneySense Magazine’s Best Places to Live 2016 Report, Aurora one of the Top 25 places to live in Canada, ranking 19th out of 219 cities in Canada.
Whether your seeking a new location for your business, looking to settle into a prestigious yet quaint community, or simply aspiring for more balance in your life, Aurora can offer you what you’re looking for and more. Just a short 30-minute drive or GO train ride north of Toronto, Aurora is the quintessential location for your family or business. With a unique combination of small town charm and urban amenities, Aurora offers all the advantages of a small city in a scenic, friendly community.
Aurora is a bustling community that maintains its “quaint” Town feel, rich in culture and home to many national historical sites such as the Hillary House, the Aurora Cultural Centre (formally known as the Church Street School), Horton Place and the Morrison House. The community features exciting events that include the World’s Longest Street Festival, first class recreational complexes, challenging golf courses and exceptional shopping and dining.
Many hikers, cyclists and outdoors people will enjoy the 45+ parks Aurora offers, spanning almost 500 acres. Aurora also has a number of community centres and multipurpose facilities that provides access to ice arenas, gym equipment, squash courts, meeting rooms, pools and more. Aurora is also home to 9 tennis courts, 36 soccer fields, 4 golf clubs and 23 baseball fields.
Aurora’s public library is where you will find a wide range of cultural and social activities in Aurora. The Aurora Public Library is located in an old fashion town square known as Library Square located just east off Yonge Street, on Victoria and Church Streets. For plays and musicals, go to The Aurora Factory Theatre located at 150 Henderson Drive, they also provide a number of education workshops and events.
Some Neighbourhoods in Aurora:
Hills of St. Andrew
The Hills of St. Andrew in Aurora is a thriving community bordered by St. Johns Sideroad to the North, Aurora Heights Drive to the South and from Bathurst to Yonge St. This community is known and named after St. Andrew’s College, a private all boys school and the prestigious St. Andrew’s Golf Course.
Aurora Estates is situated between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue just north of Bloomington Road and south of Beacon Hall Golf Club. This prestigious community featuring rolling hills, flourishing ravines, towering trees and acreage lots boasting residences with unique architectural flare. These private residences enjoy the privacy of an estate setting while still being close to all amenities.
Situated on the southwest corner of Leslie Street and Wellington Street East this lavish community is perched beautifully against the backdrop of Magna Golf Club. It boasts acres of lush green hills, ponds, and stately residences each distinguished from the other. Not only does this community boast acreage lots and a serene setting it is also within walking distance to the spectacular amenities that line the intersection of Leslie Street and Wellington Street East with easy access to highway 404.
According to the latest data from the 2016 Census Profile conducted by Statistics Canada, the population of Aurora is 55,445. The average age is 39.6 years, with the majority of the population between the ages of 15 and 64 years old. As of 2016, there are 26,945 males (48.6%) and 28,500 females (51.4%) in Aurora.
Source: 2011 census program Aurora
Source: 2016 census Profile Aurora
In Aurora, 60.4% of all dwellings are single detached homes while other attached dwellings such as apartments (5+ floors), semi-detached homes, row houses, apartments (less than 5 floors), and duplexes represent 5%, 7.4%, 17.8%, 3.3% and 6.2% respectively.
The total number of occupied dwellings is 19847, of those dwellings 86.1% are owned while 13.9% are rented.
Source: 2016 census Profile Aurora
In Aurora, 69.1% of the population stated English as their mother tongue, 1.3% identify French, and 28.6% reported a non-official language in 2016. In comparison, the York Region percentages were 49.6% for English, 0.73% for French only and 48.0% for only non-official languages.
Source: 2016 census Profile Aurora
Total Household Income Aurora
The Town of Aurora is rich with intellectual capital and offers a skilled, professional workforce. In fact, over 45 per cent of Aurora’s residents of working age hold some level of university degree, diploma or certificate, which is more than 10 per cent higher than the provincial average. Aurora is a young, family-centred community with 31 per cent of the town’s population between the ages of 20 and 44. The vast majority of Aurora residents are home owners, and more than 60 per cent of all homes are single detached. The income levels for residents of the Town of Aurora are amongst the highest in the nation. According to recent data, the average household income in 2011 was over $130,000 (which continues to rise, as per the projections below).
There are two high schools that operate under the York Region District School Board in Aurora: Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School and Aurora High School. Under the York Catholic District School Board, there are two other high schools: Cardinal Carter Catholic High School and St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic High School. Aurora is also served by a third school board, Conseil Scolaire De District Catholique Centre-Sud (the French-language Catholic Board). This school board operates one high school in Aurora, École Secondaire Catholique Renaissance.