Hardin County, Iowa
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
|Named for||John J. Hardin|
|Largest city||Iowa Falls|
|• Total||570 sq mi (1,500 km2)|
|• Land||569 sq mi (1,470 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (2 km2) 0.1%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||31/sq mi (12/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Hardin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,534. The county seat is Eldora. The county was named in honor of Col. John J. Hardin, of Illinois, who was killed in the Mexican–American War.
In its history the county has had three courthouses. The first was a small wood framed building, which burned down in the 1850s. The second courthouse was a two-story building and stood on the site of the current office of the county sheriff. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1892 and opened on September 19, 1893. The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
- Franklin County (north)
- Butler County (northeast)
- Grundy County (east)
- Marshall County (southeast)
- Story County (southwest)
- Hamilton County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
The 2010 census recorded a population of 17,534 in the county, with a population density of 30.8014/sq mi (11.8925/km2). There were 8,224 housing units, of which 7,296 were occupied.
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,812 people, 7,628 households, and 5,087 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 8,318 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.14% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.24% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 2.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,628 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.10% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 20.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,429, and the median income for a family was $41,891. Males had a median income of $30,515 versus $21,068 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,537. About 5.50% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 6.20% of those age 65 or over.
Other unincorporated communities
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)
|3||Ackley (partially in Franklin County)||City||1,589|
For most of its history, Hardin County has primarily supported the Republican Party in presidential elections, with only five of the party's candidates failing to win the county in the period from 1896 to 1984. From 1988 on, it has become more of a swing county, albeit with a strong Republican lean that has become more pronounced in the second millennium. The only Democrat since 1996 to win the county has been Barack Obama in 2008, winning by only 78 votes. Donald Trump also produced the county's strongest Republican presidential victory since 1952 in 2016, winning by a margin of nearly 30 percent.
- Homer D. Calkins
- Ellsworth Community College
- Folkert Mound Group
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hardin County, Iowa
- Hardin County Courthouse
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hardin County, Iowa.|
- Official Website of Hardin County
- Hardin County Development Council's website
- Welcome to Hardin County, Iowa, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary