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Durant, Mississippi
City
Location of Durant, Mississippi
Location of Durant, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Holmes
Area
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Land 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 259 ft (79 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,673
 • Density 1,162.1/sq mi (508.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39063
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-20500
GNIS feature ID 0669521

Durant is a city in Holmes County, Mississippi. It was founded in 1858 as a station on the Mississippi Central Railroad, later part of the Illinois Central. Durant was named for Louis Durant, a Choctaw chief who had lived on a bluff just across the nearby Big Black River before Indian Removal.

Before the Civil War, this was known as the "dark corner of the county." It was an area of cotton plantations and numerous enslaved African-American workers. The area is largely rural and agricultural. The population of the city was 2,932 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Durant is located at 33°4′35″N 89°51′23″W / 33.07639°N 89.85639°W / 33.07639; -89.85639 (33.076313, -89.856405).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), of which 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.89%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 375
1880 724 93.1%
1890 1,259 73.9%
1900 1,766 40.3%
1910 1,881 6.5%
1920 1,870 −0.6%
1930 2,480 32.6%
1940 2,510 1.2%
1950 2,311 −7.9%
1960 2,617 13.2%
1970 2,752 5.2%
1980 2,889 5.0%
1990 2,838 −1.8%
2000 2,932 3.3%
2010 2,673 −8.8%
Est. 2015 2,486 −7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,673 people, 1,171 households, and 978 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,316.4 people per square mile (507.6/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 542.8 per square mile (209.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 13.80% White, 85.29% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

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