Aurora, Indiana

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Aurora, Indiana
City
Nickname(s): City of Spires
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°3′31″N 84°54′13″W / 39.05861°N 84.90361°W / 39.05861; -84.90361Coordinates: 39°3′31″N 84°54′13″W / 39.05861°N 84.90361°W / 39.05861; -84.90361
Country United States
State Indiana
County Dearborn
Township Center
Government
 • Mayor Donnie Hastings (R)
Area[1]
 • Total 3.09 sq mi (8.00 km2)
 • Land 2.76 sq mi (7.15 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)
Elevation[2] 486 ft (148 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 3,750
 • Estimate (2012)[4] 3,729
 • Density 1,358.7/sq mi (524.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47001
Area code 812
FIPS code[2][5] 18-02782
GNIS ID[2][5] 430347
Website www.aurora.in.us

Aurora is a city nestled in Southeastern Indiana, along the Ohio River in Center township of Dearborn County, Indiana, United States. The population was 3,750 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Aurora is located at 39°3′31″N 84°54′23″W / 39.05861°N 84.90639°W / 39.05861; -84.90639 (39.058551, -84.906351).[6]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 3.09 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 2.76 square miles (7.1 km2) (or 89.32%) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) (or 10.68%) is water.[7]

History[edit]

Aurora was platted in 1819.[8] It was named for Aurora, the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology.[9] Aurora was incorporated in 1848.[10]

Aurora is known for its picturesque historic downtown area and the ornate Hillforest mansion built for Thomas Gaff who earned his fortune shipping goods on the Ohio River by steamboat.[11] The mansion was designed by architect Isaiah Rogers and was completed in 1855 in the Italian Renaissance style. The design is symmetrical. Details include deep overhangs, arched windows and balconies and porches. Hillforest was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.[12]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[3] there were 3,750 people, 1,472 households, and 936 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,358.7 inhabitants per square mile (524.6/km2). There were 1,647 housing units at an average density of 596.7 per square mile (230.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 1,472 households of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the city was 36.2 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[13] there were 3,965 people, 1,592 households, and 1,022 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,428.2 people per square mile (550.7/km²). There were 1,716 housing units at an average density of 618.1 per square mile (238.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.59% White, 0.10% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

Aurora from the air, looking northeast.

There were 1,592 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $39,331. Males had a median income of $32,058 versus $24,671 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,587. About 9.4% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The government consists of a mayor and a city council. The mayor is elected in citywide vote. The city council consists of five members. Four are elected from individual districts. One is elected at-large.

Current Elected Officials:

  • Mayor: Donnie Hastings Jr.
  • Clerk Treasurer: Randolph Turner
  • Council District 1: John Borgman
  • Council District 2: Michael Crider
  • Council District 3: Benny Turner
  • Council District 4: Kevin Gerke
  • Council At Large: Joe Milish

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Places (2010)" (Zipped TXT). 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Feature ID 430347". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  5. ^ a b "FIPS55 Data: Indiana". FIPS55 Data. United States Geological Survey. February 23, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  8. ^ Shaw, Archibald (1915). History of Dearborn County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions. Unigraphic. p. 265. 
  9. ^ "Profile for Aurora, IN". ePodunk. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (14 February 2006). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 310. ISBN 1-135-94859-3. 
  11. ^ Scouting New York website, http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=2335
  12. ^ Historic Hillforest website, http://www.hillforest.org/history.php
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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