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Aurora, Kansas
Location within Cloud County and Kansas
Location within Cloud County and Kansas
KDOT map of Cloud County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°27′6″N 97°31′49″W / 39.45167°N 97.53028°W / 39.45167; -97.53028Coordinates: 39°27′6″N 97°31′49″W / 39.45167°N 97.53028°W / 39.45167; -97.53028
Country United States
State Kansas
County Cloud
Founded 1880s
Incorporated 1910
Named for Aurora, Illinois
Area
 • Total 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
 • Land 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,476 ft (450 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 60
 • Estimate 
(2019)
56
 • Density 554.46/sq mi (213.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67417
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-03425
GNIS ID 0476002

Aurora is a city in Cloud County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 60.

History

Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Cloud County
1915 Railroad Map of Cloud County

In 1887, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a branch line from Neva (3 miles west of Strong City) through Aurora to Superior, Nebraska. In 1996, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the current BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".

Aurora was named by settlers who hailed from Aurora, Illinois.

The first post office was established in Aurora in 1886, but from 1886 until 1888, the post office was called St. Peter.

Geography

Aurora is located at 39°27′6″N 97°31′49″W / 39.45167°N 97.53028°W / 39.45167; -97.53028 (39.451641, -97.530396). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 269
1920 275 2.2%
1930 256 −6.9%
1940 274 7.0%
1950 221 −19.3%
1960 150 −32.1%
1970 120 −20.0%
1980 130 8.3%
1990 101 −22.3%
2000 79 −21.8%
2010 60 −24.1%
2019 (est.) 56 −6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 60 people, 24 households, and 17 families living in the city. The population density was 600.0 inhabitants per square mile (231.7/km2). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 360.0 per square mile (139.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White and 3.3% Native American.

There were 24 households, of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.2% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 38 years. 33.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.3% male and 46.7% female.

Education

The community is served by Concordia USD 333 public school district. The Concordia High School mascot is Panthers.

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