Durant, Mississippi

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Durant is a city in Holmes County, Mississippi, United States. 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. The population was 2,932 at the 2000 census.



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)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,932 people, 1,075 households, and 744 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/sq mi (209.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.79% White, 70.16% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 1,075 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.9% were married couples living together, 30.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.5 males.

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