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Dumas, Arkansas

Dumas is a city located in Desha County, Arkansas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,238.


\nDumas is located at 33°53'12" North, 91°29'19" West (33.886626, -91.488544)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.7 km² (3.0 mi²). 7.7 km² (3.0 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


\nAs of the
census2 of 2000, there are 5,238 people, 1,977 households, and 1,399 families residing in the city. The population density is 683.2/km² (1,768.0/mi²). There are 2,177 housing units at an average density of 284.0/km² (734.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 36.62% White, 60.02% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 3.19% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 1,977 households out of which 36.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% are married couples living together, 23.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% are non-families. 27.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.63 and the average family size is 3.19. In the city the population is spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 78.3 males. The median income for a household in the city is $25,754, and the median income for a family is $32,255. Males have a median income of $28,396 versus $19,363 for females. The per capita income for the city is $12,727. 28.8% of the population and 22.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 39.9% are under the age of 18 and 23.4% are 65 or older. Dumas is mentioned in the song I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas, a tune by Phil Baxter and Carl Moore which was a hit in the 1930s and 1940s. For decades large signs on the highway entrances to Dumas proclaimed "Welcome to Dumas, home of the Ding Dong Daddies".