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Durand, Michigan
City of Durand
Durand Union Station
Nickname(s): 
Railroad City, USA
Location within Shiawassee County
Location within Shiawassee County
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Coordinates: 42°54′50″N 83°59′07″W / 42.91389°N 83.98528°W / 42.91389; -83.98528Coordinates: 42°54′50″N 83°59′07″W / 42.91389°N 83.98528°W / 42.91389; -83.98528
Country United States
State Michigan
County Shiawassee
Platted 1836
Incorporated 1887 (village)
1932 (city)
Government
 • Type Council–manager
Area
 • Total 1.95 sq mi (5.04 km2)
 • Land 1.95 sq mi (5.04 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
794 ft (242 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,446
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,290
 • Density 1,691.52/sq mi (653.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48429
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-23500
GNIS feature ID 0625016

Durand is a city in Shiawassee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,446 at the 2010 census. Nicknamed "Railroad City, USA", it is best known for its large train station which was a major hub for the Grand Trunk Western and Ann Arbor railroads during most of the 20th century, and is currently served by Amtrak. Additionally, several freight carriers use a rail yard in the city, which is accessible from all directions.

History

Durand was originally called Vernon Center, and under the latter name was platted in 1836 and named from its location in Vernon Township. The present name is for congressman George Durand of Flint, Michigan. Durand was incorporated as a village in 1887 and as a city in 1932.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 210
1890 255 21.4%
1900 2,134 736.9%
1910 2,315 8.5%
1920 2,672 15.4%
1930 3,081 15.3%
1940 3,127 1.5%
1950 3,194 2.1%
1960 3,312 3.7%
1970 3,678 11.1%
1980 4,206 14.4%
1990 4,283 1.8%
2000 3,933 −8.2%
2010 3,446 −12.4%
2019 (est.) 3,290 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,446 people, 1,350 households, and 852 families living in the city. The population density was 1,641.0 inhabitants per square mile (633.6/km2). There were 1,575 housing units at an average density of 750.0 per square mile (289.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.6% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 1,350 households, of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 37.2 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

Infrastructure

Highways

  • I-69 forms a northwest boundary of Durand
  • M-71 ends at I-69 slightly outside the northwest corner of the city limits

Railways

Railroads have always played a major role in Durand's history and economy. Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides daily service on the Blue Water route between Chicago and Port Huron, Michigan. Amtrak trains stop at the historic Durand Union Station which is located at the junction of major east/west and north/south rail lines.

Freight railroads operating in Durand include Canadian National Railway (CN), Huron and Eastern Railway (HESR), and Great Lakes Central Railroad (GLC).

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