No Surprises that Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois made the annual list published by Money Magazine, citing the Nations "Best Places To Live". Aurora ranked #74 on the prestigeous list. Only 5 cities made the list for the entire state of Illinois - including neighboring Naperville (#3), Wheaton(#54), Bolingbrook(#32) and Orland Park(#92).
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Criteria for the selections include "plentiful jobs, excellent schools, affordable housing - America's best small cities have all that and more."
WINNER Top 100 rank: 74 Population: 170,600 Compare Aurora to Top 10 Best Places At the crossroads of city and country, Aurora is on the fringe of the Illinois Research & Development Corridor, a major stretch of intellectual and corporate brainpower. As one of the first cities in Illinois to implement an all-electric street lighting system, Aurora is nicknamed "The City of Lights." And it keeps the flame alive downtown with entertainment at the Paramount Theatre and Hollywood Casino. Downtown Alive, a free festival that includes live music and a variety of food booths, is held every Friday night in the summer. The only downside? A lingering reputation for crime, despite declines in the last six years.
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