Durán, Ecuador

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Durán
City
Panorama view of downtown Alfaro area and Guayas River, Durán, Guayas
Panorama view of downtown Alfaro area and Guayas River, Durán, Guayas
Flag of Durán
Flag
Coat of arms of Durán
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Eloy Alfredo
Durán is located in Ecuador
Durán
Durán
Location in Ecuador
Coordinates: 2°10′24″S 79°49′52″W / 2.17333°S 79.83111°W / -2.17333; -79.83111Coordinates: 2°10′24″S 79°49′52″W / 2.17333°S 79.83111°W / -2.17333; -79.83111
Country Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador
Province Bandera de Guayaquil.svg Guayas
Canton Flag of Durán.svg Durán
Founded October 16, 1924
Government
 • Mayor Delton Narvaez Mandieta
Area
 • Total 59.00 km2 (22.78 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2010)INEC census
 • Total 235,769
 • Density 4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zone ECT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) (+593) 04
Demonym duraneño, -a
Website www.duran.gob.ec (Spanish)

Durán, is a canton located in the province of Guayas, Ecuador, near the confluence of Daule & Babahoyo rivers, where Guayas River begins. Its township or capital is Eloy Alfaro, urban parish. The canton was created in 1986 during the presidential period of Leon Febrescodero through a presidential decree. The name "Eloy Alfaro" was choice because of the Ecuadorian ex-president Eloy Alfaro Delgado. Duran is Spanish speaking According to the National census in 2010 (www.ecuadorencifras.com), there are 235,769 people residing within the canton limits. Most of its inhabitants are commuters to other places, hence it is known as a "dormitory town". The towns Duran, Samborondon, and Guayaquil are connected by the bridge Rafael Mendoza Avilés.

Durán is also well known for being the first railroad hub in Ecuador. Since July, 2007, a government program for the railroad reactivation began as well as the railroad connecting Duran with other cities located in the highlands of Ecuador.