Harding County is a county located in the U.S.
state of South
As of 2000, the population was 1,353.
county seat is Buffalo.
The county was established on February 26,
1909, and named in honor of J.A. Harding, who had been Speaker of
the House of the Dakota Territory.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 2,678 square miles
(6,935 km²), of which, 2,670 square miles
(6,917 km²) of it is land and 7 square miles
(18 km²) of it (0.26%) is water.
National protected area
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,353
people, 525 households, and 352 families residing in the county.
The population density
people per square mile (0.2/km²). There were 804 housing units at
an average density of 0.3 per square mile (0.1/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 97.63% White
, 0.30% Black
or African American
, 0.74% Native American
, 0.59% Asian
, 0.37% from other races
, and 0.37% from two
or more races. 1.63% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 25.9% were of
German, 24.3% Norwegian, 12.8% American, 7.1% Irish and 6.6%
English ancestry according to
There were 525 households out of which 35.0% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married
living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all
households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the county, the population was spread out with 32.5% under the
age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45
to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,000, and
the median income for a family was $31,667. Males had a median
income of $25,556 versus $16,375 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$12,794. About 19.40% of families and 21.10% of the population were
below the poverty line
22.80% of those under age 18 and 22.50% of those age 65 or
Cities and towns