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Aurora (2006 Population 47,629) is an affluent Canadian town in York Region, approximately 40 km north of Toronto. It is situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine in a part of the Golden Horseshoe. Nearly 7% of Aurora's residents are visible minorities.
Many Aurora residents commute to Toronto, and the town is part of the Greater Toronto Area.
In the Canada 2006 Census, the national rank of population of Aurora rose above 100th for the first time, reaching 97th in Canada's list of largest municipalities in terms of population, compared to 113th in the 2001 Census.
The town was first settled in 1854 when the junction of Yonge Street and a new railway proved to be an ideal settlement. Aurora was incorporated as a town in 1888.
Public school education is governed by the York Region District School Board, which has two high schools in Aurora:
Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School
Aurora High School
as well as several elementary schools.
The York Catholic District School Board also runs several elementary schools as well as Cardinal Carter Catholic High School.
Currently, an undeveloped portion of Aurora is subject to the Ontario Government's Greenbelt legislation.
Community associations and services
Aurora is home to:
Aurora Public Library
Queen's York Rangers Reserve Regiment
2799 Queen's York Rangers Army Cadet Corps
140 Aurora Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
World's Longest Annual Street Sale (from Yonge St. & Wellington St. to Yonge St. & Allaura Blvd. approx. 1.5 km)
Recreation and sports
Aurora Tigers Jr. A Hockey Club
Aurora Master Ducks swimming club
Aurora Minor Baseball Association
Aurora Youth Soccer Club
Aurora Senior A Women's Hockey
Aurora Storm Volleyball Club
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