Harding County, South Dakota

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Harding County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 1,353. Its county seat is Buffalo.[1] 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.[2]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,678 square miles (6,936.0 km2), of which 2,670 square miles (6,915.3 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18.1 km2) (0.26%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,353 people, 525 households, and 352 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.5 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, as defined by the US Census 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 or Latino of any race. 25.9% were of German, 24.3% Norwegian, 12.8% American, 7.1% Irish and 6.6% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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