House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois

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Aurora has consistently ranked near the top of nationwide surveys for its effective governance and extraordinary schools. One of its most well-known schools is the Illinois Math & Science Academy (IMSA). In 2018, IMSA was the first-ever American destination for the International Student Science Fair, and a recent study by Niche, a neighborhood ranking platform, rated IMSA the overall best public high school in all of America.

If excellent schools weren’t enough to make Aurora stand out, Downtown Aurora features a variety of museums including the SciTech Hands-On Museum, which offers over 200 interactive STEM and STEAM exhibits, and the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, a popular attraction that features firefighting equipment dating back to Aurora’s first firefighting corps in the mid-1800s. For those who love parks, we recommend Cantigny Park, the former estate of Chicago Tribune publishers, or Phillips Park which comprises a golf course, pro shop, zoo, sporting fields, and family recreation areas.

Among the criteria used for selection:

  • Commerce and the supply of good jobs for residents;
  • An interesting art scene and rich cultural history;
  • A “lovely place” where people want to live or visit;
  • A surprise unique “gem” — in the case of Aurora, they cite the focus on academics and intellectual discovery; and
  • A community “often overlooked for their more famous neighbors”.

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