Harding County, South Dakota

According to the 2000 Census, Harding County, South Dakota has a population of 1,353 people. Of those, 1,321 (98%) are White, 4 (0%) are Black, and 22 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 42 (or 3% of the 1,353 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Harding County a population of 1,311 with a demographic that is 98% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 1,353 42 1,311
White 1,321 32 1,289
Black 4 4 0
Latino 22 5 17


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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