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"Star City of the North"
Location of the city of Aurorawithin Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Aurora
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
 • Total 3.92 sq mi (10.14 km2)
 • Land 3.79 sq mi (9.83 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.32 km2)
1,470 ft (450 m)
 • Total 1,682
 • Estimate 
 • Density 428.57/sq mi (165.49/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-02872
GNIS feature ID 0660700
Website City of Aurora

Aurora is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,682 at the 2010 census.

Saint Louis County Highways 100 and 110 and State Highway 135 are three of the main routes in Aurora.


Aurora was laid out in 1898. A post office has been in operation at Aurora since 1903. The city was incorporated in 1903.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.86 square miles (10.00 km2); 3.74 square miles (9.69 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water. Aurora is surrounded by mixed coniferous/deciduous forest and is near many lakes.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

The Northern Lights Music Festival is presented each year in the summer and includes music concerts.

Parks and recreation

Aurora is located on the edge of the Superior National Forest, and is located two miles (3 km) from Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort. Popular recreational activities of the residents of Aurora and nearby area include hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling, skiing, and snowboarding. There are many ATV and snowmobile trails on the outskirts of Aurora, and many of these go far, some all the way to Lake Superior.

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Aurora Post Office


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,919
1920 2,809 46.4%
1930 1,463 −47.9%
1940 1,528 4.4%
1950 1,371 −10.3%
1960 2,799 104.2%
1970 2,531 −9.6%
1980 2,670 5.5%
1990 1,965 −26.4%
2000 1,850 −5.9%
2010 1,682 −9.1%
2019 (est.) 1,626 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,682 people, 777 households, and 438 families living in the city. The population density was 449.7 inhabitants per square mile (173.6/km2). There were 887 housing units at an average density of 237.2 per square mile (91.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 777 households, of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the city was 48.4 years. 19.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 24.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.


Aurora is on northeastern Minnesota's Mesabi Range. This area produced a large quantity of the nation's iron and taconite ore.



State Highway 135 (MN 135), County Highway 100, and County Highway 110 are three of the main routes in Aurora.

Notable people

  • Frederick A. Cina was born in Aurora in 1908. He was a lawyer and served as a Minnesota state representative.
  • Frozen food magnate Jeno Paulucci was born in Aurora in 1918. Paulucci is famous for inventing the brands Chun King, Jeno's Pizza, Jeno's Pizza Rolls, Michelina's, Bundino's and many others.
  • Actress Francine York was born in Aurora to Sophie and Frank Yerich and moved to Hollywood, California to star in productions such as The Doll Squad, Curse of the Swamp Creature, plus several films with Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley and countless TV shows including Perry Mason, Burke's Law and Lost in Space.

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