Aurora, Nebraska

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Aurora, Nebraska
City
Hamilton County courthouse in Aurora
Hamilton County courthouse in Aurora
Motto: "The Possibilities Are Endless"
Location of Aurora, Nebraska
Location of Aurora, Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°52′0″N 98°0′13″W / 40.86667°N 98.00361°W / 40.86667; -98.00361Coordinates: 40°52′0″N 98°0′13″W / 40.86667°N 98.00361°W / 40.86667; -98.00361
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Hamilton
Incorporated July 3, 1877
Government
 • Type Council/Mayor
 • Mayor Marlin Seeman
Area[1]
 • Total 2.91 sq mi (7.54 km2)
 • Land 2.90 sq mi (7.51 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,791 ft (546 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,479
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,417
 • Density 1,544.5/sq mi (596.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68818
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-02690
GNIS feature ID 0827118[4]
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.[5]

History[edit]

In 1861, David Millspaw became the first permanent settler in the area of what was to become Aurora. Hamilton County was formed in 1870.[6]

Aurora was laid out as a town in 1871 by David Stone who named it after his former hometown of Aurora, Illinois.[7][8] The county seat was transferred from Orville City (an extinct town) to Aurora in 1876.[7]

The largest hailstone ever recorded in the U.S. landed in Aurora on June 22, 2003.[9]

An EF2 tornado struck west of Aurora on June 17, 2009. A farm house and several outbuildings were destroyed and twelve railcars were overturned with extensive tree and power pole damage.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

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).[10] 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.[1] The average precipitation per year in Hamilton County during the years 1971 to 2000 was between 26 and 30 inches.[11]

Demographics[edit]

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%
Est. 2012 4,417 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
2012 Estimate[13]

2010 census[edit]

At the 2010 census,[2] 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.

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census, there were 4,225 people, 1,662 households and 1,163 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,243.0 per square mile (867.7/km2). There were 1,798 housing units at an average density of 954.5 per square mile (369.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.92% White, 0.19% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 1,662 households of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% 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 2.98.

27.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median household income was $37,690 and the median family income was $43,884. Males had a median income of $29,162 compared with $20,484 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,309. About 6.1% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

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 K through 5)

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • KRGY 97.3FM — hot adult contemporary

Newspaper[edit]

  • Aurora News-Register

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ Nebraska State Historical Society (June 4, 2004). "The Hamilton County Courthouse". Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Aurora, Hamilton County". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 71. ISBN 0-8032-5060-6. 
  9. ^ "Largest Hailstone in U.S. History Found". National Geographic News. August 4, 2003. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ PRISM Group and Oregon Climate Service, Oregon State University (2006). "Average Annual Precipitation, 1971–2000, Nebraska". Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Clarence Mitchell Baseball Field Aurora, Nebraska". Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Clarence Mitchell Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 

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