Harlan, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Harlan, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Harlan had a population of 4,888 as of July 1, 2018. Harlan ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Harlan is located at latitude 41.6495 and longitude -95.3269 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Harlan (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.39 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,253 feet.

The City of Harlan (GNIS ID: 468007) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Harlan is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Shelby County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Harlan population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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Harlan, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 4,888
Population in Households 4,801
Population in Familes 3,707
Population in Group Qrtrs 87
Population Density2 1,113
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $51,520
Average Household Income $67,162
Per Capita Income $28,961


Total Housing Units 2,402 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,641 (68.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 504 (21.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 257 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $125,587
Average Home Value $157,415


Total Households 2,145
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 1,328
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.53% -0.48%
Households -0.43% -0.36%
Families -0.12% -0.49%
Median Household Income   0.29%
Per Capita Income   0.93%

Harlan, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Harlan to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 85 92nd
Population Density # 238 77th
Diversity Index # 267 74th
Median Household Income # 675 33rd
Per Capita Income # 486 52nd

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