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Aurora, Ohio
Aurora's city hall
Aurora's city hall
Location within Portage County
Location within Portage County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
 • Total 24.07 sq mi (62.34 km2)
 • Land 22.92 sq mi (59.36 km2)
 • Water 1.15 sq mi (2.98 km2)
1,132 ft (345 m)
 • Total 15,548
 • Estimate 
 • Density 678.4/sq mi (261.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-03086
GNIS feature ID 1064359

Aurora is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It is co-extant with, and formed from, the former township of Aurora, which was formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 15,548 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Aurora was designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The historic suburb is home to Aurora Golf and Country Club, which hosted the 1967, 1969, and 1970 Cleveland Open.

Aurora High School is ranked tenth in the state by U.S. News & World Report, just behind two other schools in the Northeast Ohio area, Chagrin Falls High School and Hudson High School.

Some say Aurora was the name of the daughter of Major Amos Spafford, while others believe the village was named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn.


Aurora is located at 41°19′9″N 81°21′21″W / 41.31917°N 81.35583°W / 41.31917; -81.35583 (41.319254, -81.355859). It borders or touches the following other townships and municipalities:

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.07 square miles (62.34 km2), of which 22.92 square miles (59.36 km2) is land and 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 222
1940 518
1950 571 10.2%
1960 4,049 609.1%
1970 6,549 61.7%
1980 8,177 24.9%
1990 9,192 12.4%
2000 13,556 47.5%
2010 15,548 14.7%
2015 (est.) 15,838 1.9%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,548 people, 6,018 households, and 4,365 families residing in the city. The population density was 678.4 inhabitants per square mile (261.9/km2). There were 6,396 housing units at an average density of 279.1 per square mile (107.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 3.0% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 6,018 households of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 45.4 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.7% were from 25 to 44; 31.6% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Historic population figures

  • 1940 — 518
  • 1950 — 571
  • 1960 — 4,049
  • 1970 — 6,549
  • 1980 — 8,177
  • 1990 — 9,192
  • 2000 — 13,556

Culture, recreation, and sports

The Church in Aurora
The Church in Aurora, part of Aurora's historic district

Parts of central Aurora have been designated the Aurora Center Historic District. The historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The suburb has a plethora of private country clubs including Club Walden, and Barrington Golf Club. In 1924, Bert Way designed the championship golf course at Aurora Golf and Country Club, located on Trails End. The course winds through 220 acres of spectacularly crafted landscape, with the Chagrin River flowing through a majority of the holes. Aurora Golf and Country Club was constructed in natural rolling terrain, with the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River being a significant feature. In 1967, 1969, and 1970, the club hosted the Cleveland Open. Arnold Palmer once battled the course while competing in this PGA event; Arnold Palmer, along with Bruce Devlin, Charlie Coody, Gary Trivisonno, and Tom Laubacher, still holds the course record of 64.

Various amusement parks and other recreational facilities operated on the site of Giles Pond, also known as Geauga Lake, continuously since before 1887.

Aurora historically was the second location for the SeaWorld chain of marine mammal parks, which opened in 1970 and operated in the Geauga lake area on the northern edge of the city and was home to the killer whale (Orca) known as Shamu. In 2001, the park was purchased by Six Flags, along with adjacent Geauga Lake, and combined to form Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. Cedar Fair purchased the combined property in 2004, and most of the former SeaWorld Ohio park was closed. Cedar Fair then operated the property as a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom. The water park closed in 2016.

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets were opened in the early 1970s to serve tourists to the Aurora area. The Aurora Farms are operated today by Chelsea Premium Outlets (a subsidiary of the Simon Property Group), and are home to 70 outlet stores.

Aurora High School, in 2008, were the Division III State Champions in football.

In 2016, Aurora Robotics Team TBD won the FIRST Tech Challenge world championship in St. Louis, MO.

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