AURORA RANKED #1 CITY IN THE COUNTRY TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM
Aurora has been ranked as the number one city in the country to live the American Dream.
In its annual study, personal finance company SmartAsset, uncovered the best places to live the American Dream by ranking the largest 250 cities in America.
Last year, Aurora ranked number 4. This year, Aurora ranked number 1.
“Aurora is at the top of our list,” said SmartAsset representatives, “It has the highest diversity score and ranks strong for economic mobility and other deciding factors.”
To find the best cities for living the American Dream, SmartAsset looked at the 250 biggest cities in America and considered five metrics: Diversity, Economic Mobility,
Homeownership Rate and Unemployment Rate.
"It is difficult to come up with any one definition for the American Dream that every American will agree on," said SmartAsset representatives. “Generally, though, most people agree that the American Dream is about living a full and fulfilling life, surrounded by a community of people doing the same. It means having economic opportunity and living someplace where people from all walks of life can live comfortably. "
For Aurorans, it means all of this and more.
“Aurora has always had a special place in our hearts,” said Joshua Welton. “I’ve had the honor of traveling the world, and I always knew I wanted to begin and raise my family right in my hometown.”
Welton was born and raised in Aurora. He and his wife, Hannah, toured the country and world as team members of the late music icon, Prince. They returned to Aurora to raise their two children – daughter Azaria and son Sovereign – and began a new ministry here a year ago.
“It is very important for us to provide an environment for our children to learn, grow and develop relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, upbringings and experiences,” said Hannah Welton.
Aurora was also ranked as the most diverse community of the top 25 cities in the study.
“From having a dream to living the reality, that is our story in Aurora,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “I’m living proof that dreams come true. Every day, I speak with residents who have similar stories. The City of Lights is also the city of dreams and diversity. It’s great to see others throughout the country are also realizing there’s something amazing happening here.”
The 2019 Top 10 Best Cities to Live the American Dream are: 1. Aurora, IL; 2. Odessa, TX; 3. Midland, TX; 4. West Valley City, UT; 5. Abilene, TX; 6. Round Rock, TX; 7. Des Moines, IA; 8. Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Rochester, MN and 10. Sioux Falls, SD.
View the SmartAsset study athttps://smartasset.com/