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. 2013 cost of living index in Harding County: 77.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (88.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 37%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 54%
  • Unpaid family work: 8%
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Races in Harding County, South Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
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 2013: $43,861 ($25,000 in 1999)

This county:

$43861
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $360 (lower quartile is $194, upper quartile is $423)
This county:

$360
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $72,545 (it was $47,100 in 2000)
Harding:

$72,545
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $42,482 - $123,884
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,028
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $326

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:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,038 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $655 (1.0%)

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 2013: 17.6%
(18.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.7%
Harding County:

17.7%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(18.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 39 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 16 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 17 years old, Other race residents: 13 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

2.5%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 7
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 0

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Harding County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic5024
Evangelical Protestant3475
Mainline Protestant1933
None213-
Harding County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Harding County:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Harding County:

17.05 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1
This county:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Harding County:

7.2%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Harding County:

27.8%
State:

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 22098266.5 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Harding County-area historical earthquake activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 42% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 356.0 miles away from Harding County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 515.2 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 152.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 245.0 miles away from the county center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 358.2 miles away from Harding County center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 153.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Canada (57%)
  • Other Northern Europe (43%)

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

  • German (26%)
  • Norwegian (24%)
  • United States or American (13%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (7%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • Finnish (4%)

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 2010 was $52,301.

6.45% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,030 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.45%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.13% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($11,636 average AGI)
3.32% relocated from other states ($18,394 average AGI)
Harding County:

3.32%
South Dakota average:

3.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



4.20% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,952 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.20%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other counties in South Dakota.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other states.

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 in Harding County

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.

348 married couples with children.
46 single-parent households (19 men, 27 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 41
  • 2000 to 2004: 55
  • 1990 to 1999: 84
  • 1980 to 1989: 72
  • 1970 to 1979: 134
  • 1960 to 1969: 67
  • 1950 to 1959: 52
  • 1940 to 1949: 70
  • 1939 or earlier: 152
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Harding County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $190,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,290,000
    Financial Administration: $207,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $187,000
    Police Protection: $166,000
    Central Staff Services: $142,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $131,000
    General - Other: $90,000
    General Public Buildings: $55,000
    Health - Other: $30,000
    Correctional Institutions: $18,000
    Libraries: $17,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,000
    Air Transportation: $6,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $353,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $34,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $929,000

Harding County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $103,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $43,000
    Regular Highways: $9,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $125,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $57,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $20,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,469,000
    Highways: $351,000
    All Other: $79,000
  • Tax - Property: $921,000
    Other License: $19,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $13,000

Harding County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,003,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Harding County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Harding County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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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