Although East Colfax and Original Aurora are divided by municipal, county, and school district boundaries, many of their needs are similar. These two adjacent communities are situated near the redeveloped areas of Lowry, Stapleton and Fitzsimmons. Together in bordering redevelopments, East Colfax and Original Aurora have a very diverse and increasing immigrant population. There is growing energy within the community and by organizations eager to strengthen the community and improve opportunities for families and outcomes for children. The Denver Foundation has been working in this area along with other organizations to foster the rich diversity and community connections, as evidenced by the opening of the Aurora Human Rights Center offering family support and workforce advocacy. The Original Aurora Renewal project is helping to revitalize the community, including arts programs, community gardens and the Florence Square project. Other strong community partners include the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Community College of Aurora.
Total Population: 51,074
Child Population: 15,534
Racial/Ethnic Composition: 52% Hispanic, 23% white, 16% black
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch: 83%
(*Data Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010; Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools, 2010)