Aurora, Texas

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Aurora, Texas
Location of Aurora, Texas
Location of Aurora, Texas
Wise County Aurora.svg
Coordinates: 33°3′21″N 97°30′35″W / 33.05583°N 97.50972°W / 33.05583; -97.50972Coordinates: 33°3′21″N 97°30′35″W / 33.05583°N 97.50972°W / 33.05583; -97.50972
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyWise
Area
 • Total3.72 sq mi (9.64 km2)
 • Land3.72 sq mi (9.64 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
817 ft (249 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,390
 • Density370/sq mi (140/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
76078
Area code817
FIPS code48-04672[2]
GNIS feature ID1329842[3]
Websitehttp://www.auroratexas.gov

Aurora is a city[4] in Wise County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,390 in 2020.[5]

Geography[edit]

Aurora is located at 33°3′21″N 97°30′35″W / 33.05583°N 97.50972°W / 33.05583; -97.50972 (33.055942, –97.509615). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all land.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890372
1980376
199062365.7%
200085336.9%
20101,22043.0%
20201,39013.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Aurora racial composition as of 2020[5]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 951 68.42%
Black or African American (NH) 10 0.72%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 15 1.08%
Asian (NH) 9 0.65%
Some Other Race (NH) 1 0.07%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 78 5.61%
Hispanic or Latino 326 23.45%
Total 1,390

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,390 people, 420 households, and 356 families residing in the city.

Education[edit]

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.[10] 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),[11] the cemetery association has refused all requests to exhume the alien's purported gravesite.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Census Bureau status changes Archived August 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer Files 2016-Places-Texas". US Census. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ http://www.census.gov[not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  10. ^ "A Town in Texas Ponders Mystery of 1897 Spaceman", The New York Times, February 26, 1979, p. A14
  11. ^ "City of Aurora, Texas". Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[8][9]

Sources[edit]

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).