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The 2000 Census showed that Harding County had a population of 1,353 people. This represented 0.18% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's 65th most populous county (out of 66 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Harding had a population of 1,123 people. This is a decrease of 17% 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
20101,255-7.24%+11.75% since 2009
20091,123-17%-1.4% since 2008
20081,139-15.82%-2.32% since 2007
20071,166-13.82%-1.77% since 2006
20061,187-12.27%+0.59% since 2005
20051,180-12.79%-2.88% since 2004
20041,215-10.2%-5.15% since 2003
20031,281-5.32%-0.16% since 2002
20021,283-5.17%-2.58% since 2001
20011,317-2.66%-2.66% since 2000
20001,353The Last Census

Harding County had 804 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Harding County has a total area<3> of 2,677 square miles [6,934 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (7.08 square miles [18.33 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Harding County had a population density of 0.51 people per square mile [0.2 people/km²], making it the state's 66th most densely populated county (out of 66 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

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

Click here for the Harding County QuickFact (QF-46063).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Carter (MT)QF-30011   W1,2021,360-11.62%
Fallon (MT)QF-30025   NW2,7252,837-3.95%
Adams (ND)QF-38001   NE2,2362,593-13.77%
Bowman (ND)QF-38011   N3,0283,242-6.6%
ButteQF-46019   S9,5779,0945.31%
PerkinsQF-46105   E2,8693,363-14.69%

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Census QuickFact for Harding County

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 Harding. 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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