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Durant, Iowa
Buildings on the north side of Fifth Street
Buildings on the north side of Fifth Street
Tri-County City
Location of Durant, Iowa
Location of Durant, Iowa
Country USA
State  Iowa
Counties Cedar, Scott, Muscatine
Founded 1854
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • City 1.23 sq mi (3.20 km2)
 • Land 1.23 sq mi (3.20 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
712 ft (217 m)
 • City 1,871
 • Density 1,516.21/sq mi (585.48/km2)
 • Metro
381,342 (134th)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-22980
GNIS feature ID 2394581

Durant is a city in Cedar, Muscatine, and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 1,871 at the time of the 2020 census.

The Scott County portion of Durant is part of the DavenportMolineRock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Muscatine County portion of the city is part of the Muscatine Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Durant was platted in 1854 by Benjamin Brayton. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was built through Durant in 1855. The settlement was first named Brayton for its founder, but the name was later changed to Durant for Thomas C. Durant, one of the pioneers of the Transcontinental Railroad and an individual who contributed the bulk of funds needed to build the town's first public school.


Durant is located at 41°36′4″N 90°54′33″W / 41.60111°N 90.90917°W / 41.60111; -90.90917 (41.600973, −90.909183). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1860 127 —    
1870 373 +193.7%
1880 475 +27.3%
1890 505 +6.3%
1900 560 +10.9%
1910 720 +28.6%
1920 775 +7.6%
1930 733 −5.4%
1940 810 +10.5%
1950 1,075 +32.7%
1960 1,266 +17.8%
1970 1,472 +16.3%
1980 1,583 +7.5%
1990 1,549 −2.1%
2000 1,677 +8.3%
2010 1,832 +9.2%
2020 1,871 +2.1%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source: U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Durant, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,832 people, 743 households, and 512 families living in the city. The population density was 1,593.0 inhabitants per square mile (615.1/km2). There were 783 housing units at an average density of 680.9 per square mile (262.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 743 households, of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% 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 2.96.

The median age in the city was 40.3 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.


Durant is located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) south of Interstate 80, and is within easy driving distance of Muscatine, the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids. Quad City International Airport is located 25 miles (40 km) to the east of Durant providing non-stop flights to many destinations throughout the country.


The Durant Community School District, which is home to the Durant Wildcats, covers Durant and the surrounding rural areas. The school district includes an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school, with nearly all buildings connected and situated on a single campus.

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