Aurora, South Dakota

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Aurora, South Dakota

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High Points

Aurora strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in South Dakota):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Aurora Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 11% Aurora People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 14% Aurora Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Aurora, South Dakota

Comparing Aurora to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in South Dakota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 6
Age of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 5 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 8 8
Median Family Income 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 3
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Working at Home 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Affordability of Rents 8 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 2
People Living Alone 4 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Aurora Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 50 miles N of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 175 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Brookings
Standard Zip Codes 57002
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.284
Longitude -96.685

Aurora Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 22 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 22.8 inches
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 24.7 inches
Distance 32.2 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 25.7 inches
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Aurora Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 500 100%
Male 259 51.8%
Female 241 48.2%
Under 18 127 25.4%
18+ 373 74.6%
65+ 45 9%
Median Age 33.4
Average Family Size 3.03
White 490 98%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 1.4%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 3 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 0 0%

Estimated Aurora Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 458
Growth -42
Growth % -8.4%

Aurora Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 49.9%
Norwegian 19%
Irish 6.3%
Dutch 3.8%
English 3.8%
US/American 3.8%
Swedish 3.2%
Danish 2.7%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Polish 2%
European 1.8%
French Canadian 0.9%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Aurora 500 $43,500
Brookings 18,504 $49,246
Bruce 272 $46,786
Elkton 677 $47,969
Flandreau 2,376 $40,272
Volga 1,435 $51,131
White 530 $40,547
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