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Aurora, South Dakota
Location in Brookings County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Brookings County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Brookings
Founded 1880
 • Total 0.61 sq mi (1.57 km2)
 • Land 0.61 sq mi (1.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,624 ft (495 m)
 • Total 1,047
 • Density 1,371.71/sq mi (529.63/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-02780
GNIS feature ID 1253728

Aurora is a town in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,047 at the 2020 census.


Aurora was platted in 1880. It was named after Aurora, Illinois, by a settler from that place.


Aurora is located at 44°17′0″N 96°41′10″W / 44.28333°N 96.68611°W / 44.28333; -96.68611 (44.283215, -96.686048).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.19 km2), all of it land.

Aurora has been assigned the ZIP code 57002, and the FIPS place code 02780.


2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 532 people, 233 households, and 144 families living in the town. The population density was 1,156.5 inhabitants per square mile (446.5/km2). There were 256 housing units at an average density of 556.5 per square mile (214.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.5% White, 2.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 233 households, of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.2% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the town was 33.8 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 7.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.0% male and 47.0% female.


The sole two sports teams in Aurora are both baseball teams, American Legion Baseball Post 230 & the Aurora A's. Both exist under the Aurora Baseball Association and play their home games at Aurora Field, located two blocks west of the city water tower.

Although Post 230 is classified as a district 1A team (explained below), it plays the majority of its games against "B" division opponents. However, if it wishes to compete at the district tournament, it must compete against its intra-district 1 opponents, which are Brookings, Aberdeen, Watertown, and Huron. The reason Post 230 is considered a district 1A team is because it plays within the area designated as district 1 and obtains at least a portion of its players from neighboring Brookings High School (a school possessing an "A" enrollment status under American Legion by-laws). The team has been an installation in Aurora since 2002 and its colors are blue and white, gray, and/or black.

The Aurora A's amateur baseball team began in 2000 and competes in the Eastern Dakota League (EDL) — a league within the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association (SDABA). The team competed in Class B until the 2012 season, whereby it began competing at the Class A level. The team's colors are black and athletic gold.

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