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Harding County, South Dakota (SD)


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County population in 2012: 1,316 (all rural); it was 1,353 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 146
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 250
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 387
Renter-occupied apartments: 143 (it was 138 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

32%

Land area: 2670 sq. mi.
Water area: 7.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 0 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Harding County: 78.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (45.8%), Educational,health and social services (18.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 44%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Harding County, South Dakota:


Median resident age:  43.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years

Males: 659  (55.1%)
Females: 596  (44.9%)

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Harding County,SD real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Harding County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $31,916 ($25,000 in 1999)
This county:

$31916
South Dakota:

$45043

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $287 (lower quartile is $254, upper quartile is $351)
This county:

$287
State:

$443


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $69,552 (it was $47,100 in 2000)
Harding County:

$69,552
South Dakota:

$126,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $26,220 - $140,213

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $329,791
Here:

$329,791
State:

$158,814

Townhouses or other attached units: $116,564
Here:

$116,564
State:

$180,371

Mobile homes: $41,604
Here:

$41,604
State:

$34,151
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,003
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $278

Institutionalized population: 24

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Harding County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $938 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $556 (0.9%)


Harding County household income distribution in 2009 Harding County home values distribution


Harding County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.9%
(16.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 46.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 41 years old, American Indian residents: 17 years old, Asian residents: 62 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

21.1%
Whole state:

13.2%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

13.0%
Whole state:

5.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Harding County is $379 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $648 a month.

Cities in this county include: Buffalo, Camp Crook.

Harding County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Harding County: J Dunn Ranch (A), Hines Spring (B), Oleson Ranch (C), Rex Davis Ranch (D), Short Pines Gas Field (E), Mackey Ranch (F), Meat Hook Ranch (G), G Wammen Ranch (H), M Hamilton Ranch (I), R Elling Ranch (J), Carver Ranch (K), Loyd Moncur Ranch (L), H Millett Ranch (M), H Hotchkiss Ranch (N), M Feist Ranch (O), H Feist Ranch (P), M Clarkson Ranch (Q), J Clarkson Ranch (R), N Ketchum Ranch (S), Horton Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Harding County include: Our Lady of the Prairie Church (A), Saint Isadore Church (B), Saint Johns Church (C), Immanuel Church (D), Golden Valley Church (E), Slim Buttes Church (F), Cox Church (G), Cave Hills Church (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Alma Cemetery (1), South Grand River Cemetery (2), Buffalo Cemetery (3), Fairview Cemetery (4), Short Pine Cemetery (5), Grand River Cemetery (6), Gustave Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Moonshine Lake (A), Cliff Pond (B), High and Dry Reservoir (C), Matson Reservoir (D), Gilbert Number Two Reservoir (E), Park Pond Reservoir (F), Rabbit Creek Reservoir (G), Cobblestone Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Meathook Creek (A), Duck Creek (B), Dry House Creek (C), Dog Creek (D), Dipping Vat Creek (E), Crooked Creek (F), Cowboy Creek (G), Coal Creek (H), Castle Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Harding County include: Mallula State Game Production Area (1), Slim Butte Monument (2), State Experiment Farm and Antelope Reserve (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Adams County, North Dakota , Carter County, Montana , Bowman County, North Dakota , Butte County , Fallon County, Montana , Perkins County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 28
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 87.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 7 (0% naturalized citizens)

Harding County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 89.8%

Harding County marital status for males
Harding County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Harding County with a mortgage: 44 (0 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 134

Here:

24.7% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 69.77%
Here69.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 944
Total congregations: 12

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAssociation of Free Lutheran CongregationsUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents364 (38.6%)347 (36.8%)103 (10.9%)80 (8.5%)50 (5.3%)
Congregations4 (33.3%)4 (33.3%)1 (8.3%)1 (8.3%)2 (16.7%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Harding County - Buffalo, Camp Crook

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
This county:

17.05 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1
Harding County:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.2%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.8%
South Dakota:

27.7%



Agriculture in Harding County:

Average size of farms: 7507 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $137,508
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $115,461
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.21%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $133,182
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 80.27%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.72
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.01%
All wheat for grain: 5899 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Harding County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 3.6 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Harding County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/3/1999 at 13:28:52, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 94.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Harding County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 6, Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Snows: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Tornado: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (64%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (6%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (2%)
  • Truck transportation (2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (34%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Health care (6%)
  • U. S. Postal service (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (48%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (15%)
  • Other construction workers and helpers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (2%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (2%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (23%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Harding County (%):





Harding County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 300 (44%)
  • Carpooled: 85 (13%)
  • Walked: 77 (11%)
  • Other means: 3 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 213 (31%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


42 people in halfway houses
24 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
5 people in workers’ group living quarters and job corps centers

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $42,692.

7.10% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($23,361 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.10%
South Dakota average:

8.40%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.76% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($8,222 average AGI)
4.34% relocated from other states ($15,139 average AGI)
Harding County:

4.34%
South Dakota average:

3.82%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



5.99% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($35,033 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.99%
South Dakota average:

8.34%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.40% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($14,500 average AGI)
3.59% relocated to other states ($20,533 average AGI)
Harding County:

3.59%
South Dakota average:

3.78%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.9

Births per 1000 population in Harding County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Harding County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 0.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 0.0

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 203 (184 aged, 19 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 22%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 22%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 738.920
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 574.710

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,226

Size of family households: 184 2-persons, 67 3-persons, 53 4-persons, 31 5-persons, 12 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 173 1-person, 17 2-persons, 1 3-persons.

98.2% of residents of Harding County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 23% speak English well).
0.8% of residents speak other language at home (82% speak English very well, 18% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $17,167,000 ($13800 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $67,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $2,500,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,334,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,821,000
Federal grants: $6,692,000
Federal procurement contracts: $657,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,164,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $206,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $65,000
Federal Government insurance: $5,157,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 64
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 52
Here:

43 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +9
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -151
Here -124 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Harding County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.06 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.4
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Harding County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 14
  • 4 rooms: 28
  • 5 rooms: 88
  • 6 rooms: 74
  • 7 rooms: 85
  • 8 rooms: 44
  • 9+ rooms: 54
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 2
  • 3 rooms: 12
  • 4 rooms: 26
  • 5 rooms: 32
  • 6 rooms: 18
  • 7 rooms: 20
  • 8 rooms: 12
  • 9+ rooms: 16
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Harding County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 11
  • 2 bedrooms: 64
  • 3 bedrooms: 182
  • 4 bedrooms: 88
  • 5+ bedrooms: 42
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 12
  • 2 bedrooms: 42
  • 3 bedrooms: 45
  • 4 bedrooms: 21
  • 5+ bedrooms: 18
Cars and other vehicles available in Harding County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 2
  • 1 vehicle: 95
  • 2 vehicles: 89
  • 3 vehicles: 114
  • 4 vehicles: 47
  • 5+ vehicles: 40
  • no vehicle: 6
  • 1 vehicle: 42
  • 2 vehicles: 43
  • 3 vehicles: 22
  • 4 vehicles: 11
  • 5+ vehicles: 14

70% of Harding County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 47% lived in South Dakota.

Harding County:

69.8%
State average:

56.2%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $9,999


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 13%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 17%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Harding County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (65.6%)
  • Electricity (14.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (12.4%)
  • Wood (3.9%)
  • Utility gas (2.6%)
  • Coal or coke (1.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (71.0%)
  • Electricity (15.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.2%)
  • Utility gas (5.1%)
  • Wood (1.4%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 8
Here:

3.8%
South Dakota:

8.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 19
Here:

13.8%
South Dakota:

5.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5
Here:

29.4%
South Dakota:

17.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Harding County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Harding County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Harding County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Harding County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Harding County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Harding County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John780.9 years
William674.7 years
Donald565.6 years
Walter478.2 years
Joseph488.5 years
Gladys482.0 years
Carl484.2 years
Clarence382.0 years
Helen384.3 years
Henry377.0 years
Most common last names in Harding County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Penn973.1 years
Anderson787.0 years
Johnson775.0 years
Clark585.6 years
Heairet477.0 years
Smith466.5 years
Seppala477.5 years
Ruona471.7 years
Lindholm470.0 years
Dunn484.3 years

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