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Aurora, Oregon
Old Aurora Colony Museum
Old Aurora Colony Museum
Official seal of Aurora, Oregon
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Marion
Incorporated 1893
 • Total 0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)
 • Land 0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
136 ft (41.45 m)
 • Total 918
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,169.10/sq mi (837.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 503
FIPS code 41-03300
GNIS feature ID 1117094

Aurora is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. Before being incorporated as a city, it was the location of the Aurora Colony, a religious commune founded in 1856 by William Keil and John E. Schmit. William named the settlement after his daughter. The population was 918 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.48 square miles (1.24 km2), all of it land.

The Pudding River flows northward, just east of Aurora.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Aurora has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 122
1910 190 55.7%
1920 229 20.5%
1930 215 −6.1%
1940 228 6.0%
1950 242 6.1%
1960 274 13.2%
1970 306 11.7%
1980 523 70.9%
1990 567 8.4%
2000 655 15.5%
2010 918 40.2%
2019 (est.) 1,039 13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 918 people, 336 households, and 256 families living in the city. The population density was 1,912.5 inhabitants per square mile (738.4/km2). There were 349 housing units at an average density of 727.1 per square mile (280.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 6.3% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.9% of the population.

There were 336 households, of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.8% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 31.8% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

Object of interest

  • Old Aurora Museum, about the Old Aurora Colony

Mainstreet Merchantile Antiques, the largest store in town with the largest selection of items for sale.

  • French Prairie Perennials at 14936 SE 3rd St features fine gifts as well as perennial plants and unique conifers.



The Aurora State Airport is located one mile (1.6 km) northwest of Aurora. The airport is owned by the State of Oregon and operated by the Oregon Department of Aviation.


Columbia Helicopters is located in Aurora. The facility provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services.


North Marion School District has a school system with four schools within walking distance: North Marion Primary School, North Marion Intermediate School, North Marion Middle School, and North Marion High School.

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