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Hardin County, IA&

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0.4% decline
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1.57% growth
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1.81% growth
Median Property Value
1.92% growth


The economy of Hardin County, IA employs 8,443 people. The economy of Hardin County, IA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Wholesale trade; and Construction, which employ respectively 7.74; 1.85; and 1.48 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Hardin County, IA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,218), Manufacturing (1,012), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting (867), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,036), Transportation & Warehousing ($47,989), and Educational Services ($40,809).

Median household income in Hardin County, IA is $51,821. Males in Hardin County, IA have an average income that is 1.52 times higher than the average income of females, which is $37,929. The income inequality of Hardin County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.425 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Hardin County, IA. In Hardin County, IA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 46 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,342. Wapello County, IA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Iowa.


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Hardin County, IA is home to a population of 17,324 people, from which 98.4% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Hardin County, IA is composed of 16,057 White residents (92.7%), 699 Hispanic residents (4.03%), 207 Black residents (1.19%), 205 Two+ residents (1.18%), and 118 Asian residents (0.68%). The most common foreign languages in Hardin County, IA are Spanish (392 speakers), German (55 speakers), and Serbo-Croatian (32 speakers), but compared to other places, Hardin County, IA has a relative high number of Serbo-Croatian (32 speakers), Japanese (32 speakers), and Scandinavian (7 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Hardin County, IA awarded 188 degrees. The student population of Hardin County, IA is skewed towards females, with 82 male students and 106 female students. Most students in Hardin County, IA are White (120 and 63.8%), followed by Unknown (25 and 13.3%), Black or African American (22 and 11.7%), and Hispanic or Latino (11 and 5.85%). The largest universities in Hardin County, IA by number of graduates are Ellsworth Community College (188 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Hardin County, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (106 and 56.4%), General Agriculture (24 and 12.8%), and Horse Husbandry & Equine Management (18 and 9.6%). The median tuition costs in Hardin County, IA are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hardin County, IA is $90,400, which is 0.44 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $88,700 to $90,400, a 1.92% increase. The homeownership rate of Hardin County, IA is 76.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Hardin County, IA have an average commute time of 16.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Hardin County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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