Aurora, Ohio

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Aurora, Ohio
City
Aurora's city hall
Aurora's city hall
Location in Ohio
Location in Ohio
Location within Portage County.
Location within Portage County.
Coordinates: 41°19′9″N 81°21′21″W / 41.31917°N 81.35583°W / 41.31917; -81.35583Coordinates: 41°19′9″N 81°21′21″W / 41.31917°N 81.35583°W / 41.31917; -81.35583
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
Founded by George Washington 1799
Government
 • Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin
Area[1]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 15,548
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 15,577
 • Density 678.4/sq mi (261.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44202
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-03086[4]
GNIS feature ID 1064359[5]
Website www.auroraoh.com

Aurora is a city 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.

Aurora was designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The historic suburb is home to Aurora Golf and Country Club, which hosted the 1967, 1969, and 1970 Cleveland Open.

Aurora High School is ranked tenth in the state by U.S. News & World Report, just behind two other schools in the Northeast Ohio area, Chagrin Falls High School and Hudson High School.

Geography[edit]

Aurora is located at 41°19′9″N 81°21′21″W / 41.31917°N 81.35583°W / 41.31917; -81.35583 (41.319254, -81.355859).[6] It borders or touches the following other townships and municipalities:

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.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 518
1950 571 10.2%
1960 4,049 609.1%
1970 6,549 61.7%
1980 8,177 24.9%
1990 9,192 12.4%
2000 13,556 47.5%
2010 15,548 14.7%
Est. 2013 15,577 0.2%
Sources:[7][8][4][9][3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] 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. Aurora is additionally home to a large Jewish 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 $110,547, and the median income for a family was $115,432. Males had a median income of $100,797 versus $53,846 for females. The per capita income for the city was $69,672.

Historic population figures[edit]

  • 1940 — 518
  • 1950 — 571
  • 1960 — 4,049
  • 1970 — 6,549
  • 1980 — 8,177
  • 1990 — 9,192
  • 2000 — 13,556

Education[edit]

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 Harmon Middle School was awarded with the blue ribbon award in 2013.

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[edit]

The Church in Aurora, part of Aurora's historic district

Parts of central Aurora have been designated the Aurora Center Historic District. The historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[10]

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.[11] The Big Dipper roller coaster operated for 82 years at the site.[12]

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.[13] Cedar Fair now operates the property as a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom.[14]

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets were opened in the early 1970s[15] 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.[16]

Aurora High School, in 2008, were the Division III State Champions in football.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  3. ^ a b http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/39/3903086.html. Retrieved 29 October 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Ohio". 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ohio: Population and Housing Unit Counts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Six Flags History". Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  12. ^ "Geauga Lake is no more". Theme Park Insider. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  13. ^ "Sea World of Ohio". Ohio History Central. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  14. ^ "General Information- Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom". Cedar Fair. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  15. ^ "Aurora Highland Farms". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  16. ^ Aurora Farms website, accessed 2008-02-23

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