Durán, Ecuador

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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
Nickname(s): Eloy Alfaro
Durán is located in Ecuador
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
 • Mayoress Alexandra Arce Plúas
 • Fire Chief Philips Chan Recalde
 • 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
Climate Aw
Website www.duran.gob.ec (in Spanish)

Durán, is a canton located in the province of Guayas, Ecuador, near the confluence of Daule & Babahoyo rivers, where Guayas River enters the ocean. Its township or capital is Eloy Alfaro, urban parish. The canton was created in 1986 during the presidential period of Leon Febres Cordero 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. Many of its inhabitants are commuters to other places for work, hence it is known as a "dormitory town". However, many people who live in Duran find work within the canton by opening "comedores" or small restaurants, selling produce at the market, or even opening little stores with basic produce and house necessities. 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.