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Welcome to Harlan ...

The city of Harlan is located in Shelby County and is the County Seat for Shelby County.

The location of Harlan has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Harlan has a population of 4,827 people<2> (see below for details).

Harlan is 1,260 feet [384 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Harlan lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Harlan lies within the (712) area code.

The ZIP codes for Harlan: 51537, 51593<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Harlan had a population of 5,106 people (or 41.97% of the total population of Shelby County). This makes Harlan the county's most populous community.

The population of Harlan represents 0.17% of the total population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 80th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,106 people, the population of Harlan decreased 3.33% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 5,282 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Harlan had an population of 4,827 people. This is a decrease of 5.46% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 8.61% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Harlan.

Communities Also Named Harlan ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 10 communities that are also named Harlan - they are located in Alabama, Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Harlan.

Websites for Harlan ...

Official Website: www.cityofharlan.com/

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Harlan. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Harlan. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Harlan. Our list includes 9 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Harlan:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Harlan ...

Looking for more information about Harlan? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Harlan, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Harlan.

Communities near Harlan ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Avoca   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the South (S) of Harlan

Located in Pottawattamie County

Dunlap   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Harlan

Located in Harrison County

Walnut   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Harlan

Located in Pottawattamie County

Manilla   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North (N) of Harlan

Located in Crawford County

Elk Horn   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) of Harlan

Shelby   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Harlan

Minden   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Harlan

Located in Pottawattamie County

Earling   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Harlan

Irwin   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Harlan

Persia   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) of Harlan

Located in Harrison County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Harlan.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Harlan: www.cityofharlan.com/

The official website for Shelby County: www.shco.org/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Harlan.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Harlan - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Harlan). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Harlan or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Harlan) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Harlan. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Harlan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harlan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6492, Longitude: -95.3264     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harlan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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