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The 2000 Census showed that Harney County had a population of 7,609 people. This represented 0.22% of the total population of Oregon, making it the state's 31st most populous county (out of 36 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Harney had a population of 6,756 people. This is a decrease of 11.21% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
20107,422-2.46%+9.86% since 2009
20086,761-11.14%-0.13% since 2007
20076,770-11.03%-0.41% since 2006
20056,801-10.62%-2.49% since 2004
20046,975-8.33%-1.71% since 2003
20037,096-6.74%-1.87% since 2002
20027,231-4.97%-2.05% since 2001
20017,382-2.98%-2.98% since 2000
20007,609The Last Census

Harney County had 3,533 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Harney County has a total area<3> of 10,226 square miles [26,486 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (92.2 square miles [238.7 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Harney County had a population density of 0.75 people per square mile [0.29 people/km²], making it the state's 36th most densely populated county (out of 36 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Harney County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Harney and the state of Oregon.

Click here for the Harney County QuickFact (QF-41025).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Harney County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Humboldt (NV)QF-32013   SE18,26016,10613.37%
Washoe (NV)QF-32031   S414,820339,48622.19%
CrookQF-41013   NW22,56619,18217.64%
DeschutesQF-41017   W158,629115,36737.5%
GrantQF-41023   N6,7957,935-14.37%
LakeQF-41037   SW7,0897,422-4.49%
MalheurQF-41045   E30,74531,615-2.75%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Harney. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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