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Harlan, Kentucky - Basic Facts

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The City of Harlan had a population of 1,585 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Harlan is located at latitude 36.8435 and longitude -83.316 in Harlan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Harlan (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Harlan County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,191 feet.

The City of Harlan (GNIS ID: 2403801) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Kentucky is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Harlan is located within Harlan Division of Harlan 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, 2017.

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Harlan, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,585
Daytime Population: Workers 1,162
Daytime Population: Residents 1,095
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,257
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.42
Population in Households 1,514
Population in Familes 1,183
Population in Group Qrtrs 71
Population Density2 1,219
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $33,551
Average Household Income $55,021
Per Capita Income $23,576


Total Housing Units 849 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 356 (41.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 319 (37.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 174 (20.5%)
Median Home Value $91,441
Average Home Value $114,747


Total Households 675
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 394
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -1.32% -0.91%
Households -1.24% -0.87%
Families -1.26% -1.04%
Median Household Income   2.92%
Per Capita Income   3.5%

Harlan, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Harlan to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 191 65th
Population Density # 196 64th
Diversity Index # 221 59th
Median Household Income # 403 26th
Per Capita Income # 215 60th

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