Aurora, Texas

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This article is about the city named Aurora in Wise County, Texas. For the historic city in named Auroa in Jefferson County, Texas, see Port Arthur, Texas.
Aurora, Texas
Location of Aurora, Texas
Location of Aurora, Texas
Wise County Aurora.svg
Coordinates: 33°3′30″N 97°30′58″W / 33.05833°N 97.51611°W / 33.05833; -97.51611Coordinates: 33°3′30″N 97°30′58″W / 33.05833°N 97.51611°W / 33.05833; -97.51611
Country United States
State Texas
County Wise
 • Total 3.2 sq mi (8.4 km2)
 • Land 3.2 sq mi (8.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 817 ft (249 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 853
 • Density 264.2/sq mi (102.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76078
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-04672[1]
GNIS feature ID 1329842[2]

Aurora is a city[3] in Wise County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,044 at the 2010 census.


Aurora is located at 33°3′30″N 97°30′58″W / 33.05833°N 97.51611°W / 33.05833; -97.51611 (33.058295, -97.516220).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 853 people, 312 households, and 245 families residing in the town. The population density was 264.2 people per square mile (102.0/km²). There were 332 housing units at an average density of 102.8/sq mi (39.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.49% White, 0.23% African American, 1.99% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 1.52% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.99% of the population.

There were 312 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,656, and the median income for a family was $36,731. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $22,361 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,876. About 12.0% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Aurora is served by the Northwest Independent School District.

  • Seven Hills Elementary (K–5)
  • Chisholm Trail Middle school (6–8)
  • Northwest High School (9–12)


UFO incident[edit]

Aurora is best known for a purported UFO crash in April 1897, and the ongoing legend that the UFO's pilot is supposedly buried in the local cemetery. Although the town has embraced the legend to a point (the city's website mentions the legend, and even features an alien on the initial page), the cemetery association has refused all requests to exhume the alien's purported gravesite.



Further reading[edit]

  • Reed, S. G. (1941) A History of the Texas Railroads, St. Clair, Houston; rpt. (1981) Arno, New York
  • WPA Federal Writers' Project (1939) Port Arthur, Anson Jones Press, Houston
  • DNAlien, A novel by Jim West (2007).