Mayor’s Letter – Aurora: The Hometown Place To Be

Mayor’s Letter – Aurora: The Hometown Place To Be

Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin 

Aurora, Ohio is a beautiful and historic city in the Western Reserve. Founded in 1799, our community combines rural charm with the comforts of the 21st century, offering residents and visitors many amenities including parks, recreational options, shopping districts and some of the finest residential neighborhoods in the region.

Seven minutes away from major highways, the city has easy transportation access but is distant enough to avoid the traffic and congestion such thoroughfares can produce. Whether a business looking to succeed or a family seeking a great hometown, Aurora provides the best in services, schools, and opportunities which have continued to keep Aurora one of Northeast Ohio’s most desirable suburbs. 

Marketed by the Connecticut Land Company in the late 1700s, much of the land in present-day Aurora was sold to a group of New England residents from and around Suffield, Connecticut. Since those early days of wilderness settlers, Aurora has slowly grown to a city of 17,000 residents inhabiting 25 square miles, with rolling hills, abundant trees, lakes and a branch of the Chagrin River creating its beautiful landscape. 

Historic homes line Aurora’s town center Historic District along State Route 306, with many beautiful residential areas spread throughout the community. Among them are the renowned Barrington with newer homes along the Jack Nicklaus-designed Barrington Golf Course, together with more established neighborhoods. Walden, a residential community with a private golf club, offers condos and homes situated among its trees and golf vistas. The eastern part of the city has larger lots and some farming areas as the city ebbs into the country to the east. Newer developments include Beljon Farms, Hawthorn,  and Renaissance Park where townhomes, condos and ranch-style homes are being built on the north side of the city as part of the redevelopment of the former SeaWorld and Geauga Lake parks in Aurora. 

With a strong commercial and industrial base, Aurora has the financial wherewithal to upgrade infrastructure, traffic flow, residential services, and safety and provide amenities like sidewalks, parks, a splash pad, ball fields and trails. The city owns more than 1700 acres of parkland and in the last eight years has acquired more than 200 acres of land to preserve greenspace, connect its parks, and manage development. 

Retail areas throughout Aurora offer easy shopping and everyday conveniences, including the popular Aurora Premium Outlets outdoor shopping center. Dining options include Mario’s International Restaurant and Spa, the fabled Aurora Inn, ThornCreek Winery, Bertram Inn, 1815 Tavern, and others. Cultural opportunities include the Aurora Community Theatre and the well-known Aurora School of Music with outstanding music teachers and performances. Grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, auto and tire repair shops, and yoga studios and gyms help create a community with all your needs close by.

The outstanding Aurora schools, consistently ranked high by U.S. News and World Report, help to attract many new residents to town who seek the hometown atmosphere Aurora provides while securing one of the best educations in the region for their children. Couple that with a city administration that has worked hard to preserve the small-town charm of Aurora while cultivating suburban conveniences, and you have a great location for families and businesses to 


  Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin 

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