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Aurora, Nebraska
City
Hamilton County courthouse in Aurora
Hamilton County courthouse in Aurora
Location of Aurora, Nebraska
Location of Aurora, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Hamilton
Incorporated July 3, 1877
Government
 • Type Council/Mayor
Area
 • Total 3.05 sq mi (7.91 km2)
 • Land 3.04 sq mi (7.89 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,791 ft (546 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,479
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,547
 • Density 1,493.27/sq mi (576.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68818
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-02690
GNIS feature ID 0827118
Website http://www.cityofaurora.org/

Aurora is a city in Hamilton County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,479 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Hamilton County.

History

In 1861, David Millspaw became the first permanent settler in the area of what was to become Aurora. Hamilton County was formed in 1870.

Aurora was laid out as a town in 1871 by David Stone who named it after his former hometown of Aurora, Illinois. The county seat was transferred from Orville City (an extinct town) to Aurora in 1876.

Geography

Aurora is located at 40°52′00″N 98°00′13″W / 40.866716°N 98.003537°W / 40.866716; -98.003537 (40.866716, −98.003537). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.91 square miles (7.54 km2), of which, 2.90 square miles (7.51 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. The average precipitation per year in Hamilton County during the years 1971 to 2000 was between 26 and 30 inches.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,862
1900 1,921 3.2%
1910 2,630 36.9%
1920 2,962 12.6%
1930 2,715 −8.3%
1940 2,419 −10.9%
1950 2,455 1.5%
1960 2,576 4.9%
1970 3,180 23.4%
1980 3,717 16.9%
1990 3,810 2.5%
2000 4,225 10.9%
2010 4,479 6.0%
2019 (est.) 4,547 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 4,479 people, 1,781 households and 1,199 families in the city. The population density was 1,544.5 inhabitants per square mile (596.3/km2). There were 1,939 housing units at an average density of 668.6 per square mile (258.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 1,781 households, of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 40.4 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

Education

Public schools

Aurora is served by Aurora Public Schools

  • Aurora High School (grades 9 though 12)
  • Aurora Middle School (grades 6 through 8)
  • Aurora Elementary School (grades PreK through 5)

Notable people

  • Silas Reynolds Barton — U.S. Representative from Nebraska
  • Harold Eugene Edgerton — inventor of the strobe light
  • Eugene Jerome Hainer — U.S. Representative from Nebraska
  • Bob Kremer — Nebraska state senator
  • Tom Kropp - Professional basketball player
  • Clarence Mitchell — Major League Baseball player
  • Terese Nielsen — freelance fantasy artist
  • Ron Spencer — artist for Magic: The Gathering
  • Harry Scott Smith - entomologist and educator
  • William Ledyard Stark — populist politician
  • Marion Van Berg - thoroughbred trainer in Racing Hall of Fame
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