Durant, Mississippi

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Durant, Mississippi
Location of Durant, Mississippi
Location of Durant, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°4′35″N 89°51′23″W / 33.07639°N 89.85639°W / 33.07639; -89.85639Coordinates: 33°4′35″N 89°51′23″W / 33.07639°N 89.85639°W / 33.07639; -89.85639
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Holmes
 • Mayor Tasha Boyette-Davis
 • 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. 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 (5.7 km2), of which 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.89%) is water.


As of the census[2] 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.

There were 1,171 households out of which 33.9% 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 31.6% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 20 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 49, 15.7% from 50 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. There were 1,230 males and 1,443 females.

The median income for a household in the city was $19,659, and the median income for a family was $25,065. Males had a median income of $26,500 versus $20,200 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,210. About 27.9% of families and 35.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.1% of those under age 18 and 26.7% of those age 65 or over.


The city of Durant is served by two school districts - Durant and Holmes County. Their schools are William Sullivan Elementary, Jr. High, and High Schools and Durant Elementary, Jr. High, and High Schools.

Notable people[edit]

  • Absolom M. West (planter, politician, Civil War general, labor organizer and Vice Presidential candidate, 1818–1894) owned a plantation near Durant prior to the American Civil War.
  • Minerva Hamilton Hoyt - in 1866 born on a plantation nearby; an early California desert activist.
  • Tommy McClennan - American Delta blues singer and guitarist.
  • Jimmy W. Jamison - 1951 birthplace of American Recording artist and lead singer in the musical group Survivor. Vocalist in numerous movies, top 10 songs.
  • Atlanta activist John Howell, son of Mayor William Edgar Howell [3]
  • Jeff R. White - International Marketer, Trainer and Online Success Coach Jeff R. White was born here.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Former Durant mayor dies; rites Wednesday", Holmes County Herald, August 29, 1968, p.1