Work Force, Transportation & Infrastructure

Work Force
Employment is 1 fundamental component in understanding Aurora, Ohio's thriving economy. Aurora's workforce can be drawn from Portage County in addition to Summit, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties, including the cities of Streetsboro, Hudson, Solon and Twinsburg.

Occupation Overview
Aurora, Ohio is dominated by management, business, science and arts occupations (nearly 50%) as well as sales and office occupations (more than 26%). The proportion of the City of Aurora's labor force that works in management, business, science and arts occupations is much greater than that of the County or State. Aurora's workforce is also heavily employed in production, transportation and material moving occupations.

Population Growth
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the City of Aurora's population increased by almost 15% between 2000 and 2010 to more than 15,500. City officials see this increase directly related to the outstanding infrastructure, thriving business community, and excellent community schools and facilities that exist in Aurora. Based on a linear projection, the total population in the City of Aurora will increase between 2010 and 2030 by nearly 9%. This represents an outstanding pool of available workers for business and industry looking to locate in the Midwest.

Educational Attainment
Residents of Aurora have a higher level of educational attainment with compared to the County and State of Ohio, with approximately 45.5% holding Bachelor's, Graduate and Professional degrees. This means a highly educated, hard-working workforce for local employers.

Whether your labor needs are skilled or unskilled, high school or college degree recipients, Aurora, Ohio has the hard-working, reliable workers your business or industry requires.

Employee training, ongoing education and academic achievement are available at one of the universities and career training facilities in the area.

Employment in the Industrial Sectors

Aurora residents are also employed in the industrial sectors, such as:
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Public administration
  • Real estate
  • Retail trade
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Warehousing
  • Wholesale trade
Auto & Truck Transportation
The basic transportation network in Aurora, Ohio consists of the following networks. All of these roadways are in good to excellent condition.
  • Automobile
  • Truck transportation
  • Airports
Principal Roadways
Principal roadways into the City of Aurora include:
  • Ohio Turnpike I 80 (East/West travel)
  • I 480 (East/West travel)
  • I 271 (North/South travel)
Secondary Roadways
Secondary roadways into Aurora include:
  • SR 306 (north Chillicothe Road)
  • SR 43 (north-south Aurora Road and south Chillicothe Road)
  • SR 82 (west-east Garfield Road)
Additional minor roadways including State Route 306 (North Chillicothe Road), State Route 43 (North / South Aurora Road, South Chillicothe Road), State Route 82 (West / East Garfield Road).
Air Transportation
Commercial Passenger and Air Cargo Service are conveniently available to Aurora, Ohio businesses and residents from the Akron-Canton Regional Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, approximately 37 and 33 miles away, respectively. In addition, Pittsburgh International Airport is less than a 2-hour drive from Aurora, Ohio.

The Portage County Regional Airport is located southeast of Aurora, Ohio, is capable of accommodating light commercial aircraft. Similarly, Kent State University Airport, located in Summit County and The Cuyahoga County Airport facilitate local, general aviation for smaller, private aircraft.
A row of large commercial airplanes on the runway
City of Aurora Water Department
The City of Aurora Water Department is responsible for providing a clean, safe, dependable, supply of drinking water to our residents.

Water Supply
Aurora, Ohio currently obtains 88% of its water from Cleveland and 12% from Portage County. The water is supplied from Cleveland Division of Water, which comes from 4 intakes in Lake Erie and the remaining supply comes from a well field located on Coit Road and treated at the Shalersville Water Treatment Plant. For more information, please visit the Water and Sewer Department page.

Water Department Responsibilities
The water department is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of maintaining Aurora, Ohio's water towers, booster pump stations, hydrants, valves, water mains, and providing customer service and billing to over 5,000 customers.

Water Monitoring
The water department does periodic water monitoring and testing according to the Environmental Protection Agency standards, such as; lead and copper, disinfectant byproducts, bacteria samples, chlorine and hardness. The results are published and made available to residents annually in our Consumer Confidence Report.

Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Aurora, Ohio has 2 wastewater treatment facilities to treat residential and commercial/industrial sewage from Aurora and portions of Bainbridge Township. The Westerly Waste Water Treatment Plant is located just north of SR 82, adjacent to the City's western boundary. The Central Waste Water Treatment Plant is located east of SR 306, northeast of the abandoned Norfolk Southern Railroad.