Aurora, Erie County, New York

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Aurora is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 13,996 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Aurora is one of the "Southtowns" of Erie County and is also erroneously called East Aurora, the name of its principal village. The town is centrally located in the county, southeast of Buffalo.

Christ the King Seminary is located in the north part of the town.



The town was created in 1818 from the (now defunct) Town of Willink. Willink once contained all the southern part of Erie County. By a close vote, citizens voted to change the name to "Aurora" in a display of their growing dissatisfaction with the Holland Land Company and its stockholders, which included Wilheim Willink.

Notable residents


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.4 square miles (94.2 km²), all of it land.

New York State Route 240 is a major route through the southwest part of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,996 people, 5,421 households, and 3,859 families residing in the town. The population density was 384.6 people per square mile (148.5/km²). There were 5,686 housing units at an average density of 156.2/sq mi (60.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.83% White, 0.18% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.

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