Dumas, Arkansas

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Dumas is a city in Desha County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 5,238 at the 2000 census.

Dumas is mentioned in the song "Walk Hard" From Dumas, a tune by Tyler Cox and brother Dewey Cox which was a hit in the 1930s and 1940s. For decades, large signs on the highway entrances to Dumas proclaimed "Welcome to Dumas, We Walk Hard".



Dumas is located at 33°53′12″N 91°29′19″W / 33.88667°N 91.48861°W / 33.88667; -91.48861 (33.886626, -91.488544)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,238 people, 1,977 households, and 1,399 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,768.0 people per square mile (683.2/km²). There were 2,177 housing units at an average density of 734.8/sq mi (284.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 26.62% White, 70.02% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 2.00% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 3.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,977 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 23.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.19.

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