|— City —|
|Founded by George Washington||1799|
|• Mayor||James M. Fisher|
|• Total||24.07 sq mi (62.34 km2)|
|• Land||22.92 sq mi (59.36 km2)|
|• Water||1.15 sq mi (2.98 km2)|
|Elevation||1,132 ft (345 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||15,479|
|• Density||678.4/sq mi (261.9/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||330, 234|
|GNIS feature ID||1064359|
Aurora is an affluent suburb 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.
The suburb is home to Aurora Golf and Country Club, which hosted the 1967, 1969, and 1970 Cleveland Open.
Aurora is located at  It borders or touches the following other townships and municipalities:(41.319254, -81.355859).
- The city of Streetsboro, on the south
- The city of Hudson, on the southwest (touches, but does not border)
- Twinsburg Township, Summit County, on the west
- The village of Reminderville, on the north-northwest
- The city of Solon, on the northwest (touches, but does not border)
- Bainbridge Township, Geauga County, on the north
- Auburn Township, Geauga County, on the northeast (touches, but does not border)
- Mantua Township, on the east
- Shalersville Township, on the southeast (touches, but does not border)
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.
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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,556 people, 5,047 households, and 3,901 families residing in the city. The population density is 583.8 people per square mile (225.4/km²). There are 5,361 housing units at an average density of 230.9 per square mile (89.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.67% White, 2.16% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.
There were 5,047 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $79,308, and the median income for a family was $78,876. Males had a median income of $61,298 versus $35,655 for females. The per capita income for the city was $35,537. About 2.6% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older.
Historic population figures
- 1940 — 518
- 1950 — 571
- 1960 — 4,049
- 1970 — 6,549
- 1980 — 8,177
- 1990 — 9,192
- 2000 — 13,556
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Aurora is in the Aurora City School District.
Aurora High School has been designated an "Excellent District" by the State Board of Education. Also, Aurora City Schools earned the "Achievement of Excellence" award by the Ohio Partnership for Excellence. Aurora earned the prestigious "Schools of Distinction" award. Furthermore, Aurora's achievement test scores are among the highest in the state.
Aurora High School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, one of only six high schools in the state to achieve this level of academic study, and is the only IB school in the Greater Cleveland area. Aurora offers 25 competitive AP and IB courses, serving over 200 students.
Aurora's performance index score of 106.5 ranks the district 17th in the state out of 613 districts.
Aurora High School has an alumni association available for alumni to become involved in upon graduation.
Private schools in the suburb include Valley Christian Academy.
Culture, recreation, and sports
The suburb has a plethora of private country clubs including Aurora Golf and Country Club, 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. The Big Dipper roller coaster operated for 82 years at the site.
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 now operates the property as a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom.
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. They were led by three seniors: quarterback Brendan Gallagher, defensive and offensive tackle Adam Bellamy and running-back Steven Yung.
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