North Aurora, Illinois

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North Aurora
Village of North Aurora
Etymology: Location relative to Aurora, Illinois
Location of North Aurora in Kane County, Illinois.
Location of North Aurora in Kane County, Illinois.
North Aurora is located in the US
North Aurora
North Aurora
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 41°48′31″N 88°20′31″W / 41.808736°N 88.341981°W / 41.808736; -88.341981Coordinates: 41°48′31″N 88°20′31″W / 41.808736°N 88.341981°W / 41.808736; -88.341981[1]
Country United States
State Illinois
County Kane
Townships Aurora and Batavia Township
Founded 1834
Named Prior to 1880 US Census[2]
Incorporated 1905
 • Type Trustee/Administrator
 • Body Village Board
 • Village Mayor Dale Berman[3]
 • Total 7.49 sq mi (19.39 km2)
 • Land 7.26 sq mi (18.80 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.59 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 16,760
 • Estimate (2016)[6] 17,426
 • Density 2,400.28/sq mi (926.79/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 60542
Area codes 630 and 331
FIPS code 17-53442
GNIS feature ID 2399508

The village of North Aurora is a Chicago suburb in Kane County, Illinois, United States. It had a population of 16,760 at the 2010 census. North Aurora maintains its own public library district, fire district, and police department, but public spaces and parks are managed by the neighboring Fox Valley Park District.


In its early history, North Aurora was known as "Schneider's Mill" or "Schneider's Crossing" after John Peter Schneider, a German immigrant who established a mill and dam on the Fox River after moving to the area in 1834.[8][9] Schneider Elementary School, on the east side of the Fox River, is named after him.

North Aurora was named due to its location north of Aurora, Illinois.[10] The 1880 US Census was the first Federal census to use the place-name Village of North Aurora.[2] It was formally incorporated in 1905.[4]

Public services[edit]


School-age children in North Aurora attend 5 public schools in the West Aurora Public School District 129, regardless of which side of the river they live on, with the exception of a few dozen homes in the far northeastern section of the village, in which the children attend Batavia School District 101. North Aurora's own district was absorbed into its neighbor, Aurora, in the early 1960s.


The village has 28 police officers and one chief and two deputy-chiefs. After decades of sharing the same space as the village hall, the village constructed a new police headquarters located at 200 S Lincolnway Street (IL Rt 31) in 2010. While an independent entity, there is some limited dependency on the Aurora Police Department, for example, calling the North Aurora police when the front desk is unattended will result in the call being answered by the Aurora Police Department 911 Center.

Fire department[edit]

The North Aurora Fire Protection District covers North Aurora. Station #1 opened in 1963 at the corner of State and Monroe and Station #2 opened on March 16, 2007 at 2201 Tanner Road. Village Ordnance #21 created and chartered North Aurora Village Fire Department in 1908 as a volunteer service. On July 7, 1958, the department was renamed the North Aurora and Countryside Fire Protection District to cover areas outside of the village of North Aurora. On November 1, 1993, the district hired a fire chief as its first full-time employee and a month later hired two full-time firefighters.[11]


North Aurora is located at 41°48′31″N 88°20′31″W / 41.808736°N 88.341981°W / 41.808736; -88.341981 (41.808736, -88.341981).[1]

According to the 2010 census, North Aurora has a total area of 7.396 square miles (19.16 km2), of which 7.18 square miles (18.60 km2) (or 97.08%) is land and 0.216 square miles (0.56 km2) (or 2.92%) is water.[12]

The Fox River runs north-south through the village.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201617,426[6]4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 10,585 people, 4,019 households, and 2,833 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,051.8 people per square mile (792.0/km²). There were 4,220 housing units at an average density of 818.0 per square mile (315.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.71% White, 4.48% African American, 0.21% Native American, 2.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.33% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.68% of the population.

There were 4,019 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the village, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 36.6% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $58,557, and the median income for a family was $70,780. Males had a median income of $48,579 versus $31,522 for females. The per capita income for the village was $25,552. About 1.5% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

The North Aurora Special Census that took place during the summer of 2007 indicated a new village population of 15,893. This is an increase of 2,129 residents, or 15.5% from the last special census that was conducted in 2004.[15]


Waubonsee Community College runs Channel 99 WCC ETV, an educational television station


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b 1880 US Federal Census; North Aurora, Kane, Illinois; roll 217, page 18C, line image 0636, enumeration district 070, Family History film 1254217. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Government". Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For Fiscal Year Ended May 31, 2015" (PDF). October 16, 2015. p. v. Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Village of North Aurora". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 27, 2008. 
  8. ^ "North Aurora Introduction". Town Square Publications. 2010. 
  9. ^ Edwards, Jim; Edwards, Wynette (2006). North Aurora: 1834–1940, Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-4108-2. 
  10. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 108. 
  11. ^ "About". North Aurora Fire Protection District. Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ "G001 – Geographic Identifiers – 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Village Population reaches 15,893". Archived from the original on 2008-01-07. 

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