Aurora, NC

Aurora, situated in Beaufort County, is a small town made up of only 1 square mile...

2018 Best Guide to Aurora, NC

May 22, 2018

The area is visited year round by fossil enthusiasts due to the local fossil museum, phosphate mine (which discovered the large amount of fossils), and the once a year Fossil Festival.

The Aurora Fossil Museum, located at 400 Main Street, houses fossils, minerals, and gems procured from all over the world as well as the local phosphate mine. Their main goal is to achieve a greater understanding of paleontology, geology, and the past history of North Carolina. By offering tours, exhibits, programs, and participating in the yearly Fossil Festival; they accomplish just that.

The Aurora Fossil Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., and is open Sundays March 1-Labor Day 12:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

The Town Hall is a renovated historical home.


The median resident age in Aurora is 48 years. The median estimated household income is about $40,000 making it about $5,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Aurora is about $110,000 (2013) which is $45,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Aurora is 50% White, 41% Black, 5% Two or more races, and 4% other. 79% of the population are high school graduates, with 16% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 58% are married, 5% are divorced, 15% are widowed, leaving 22% that have never been married.

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Beaufort County

Aurora belongs to Beaufort County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, previously known as Beaufort Precinct (1712), is part of the Washington, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Beaufort County has a population of 48,000 and its largest city Washington, with a population of 10,000, is the county seat.

Beaufort County borders Washington, Pamlico, Hyde, Craven, Martin, and Pitt Counties.

Beaufort County is made up of 958 square miles. 827 of which is land with the remaining 131 as water.


The Population of Aurora, NC is about 520. Since the late 1980s's the town has been on the decline.


The elevation of Aurora, NC is three feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Aurora, NC is 27806.

Area Code

The area code for Aurora, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Aurora and Beaufort County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 46% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 52% are protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Aurora is around 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Transportation, Mining, and Construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Washington Daily News, Sun Journal, and Pamlico News Inc. are the primary newspapers that cover the Beaufort County area.