Harmon County
Harmon County Courthouse in January 2015
Harmon County Courthouse in January 2015
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Harmon County
Location within the U.S. state of Oklahoma
Map of the United States highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°44′N 99°50′W / 34.74°N 99.84°W / 34.74; -99.84
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Founded1909
SeatHollis
Largest cityHollis
Area
 • Total539 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Land537 sq mi (1,390 km2)
 • Water1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total2,922
 • Density4.6/sq mi (1.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd

Harmon County is a county in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,922,[1] making it the second-least populous county in Oklahoma, behind only Cimarron County. It has lost population in every census since 1930. The county seat is Hollis.[2]

History

Following an election on May 22, 1909, Harmon County was created by proclamation of Governor Lee Cruce on June 2. Carved from adjacent Greer County, the new county was named in honor of Judson Harmon, who was Governor of Ohio at the time.[3] The area now covered by Harmon County had been a part of Texas until the U. S. Supreme Court awarded it to Oklahoma Territory in 1896.[4]

Another election held September 1, 1909, confirmed Hollis as the county seat. There were two other contestants: the towns of Harmon and Rosser. County offices operated in rented space until a courthouse was built in Hollis in 1926. In 1930, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma was actually 3,800 feet (1,200 m) farther east than originally believed. It returned the disputed land to Texas, reducing the county's area to its present size.[4]

A railroad built from Altus, Oklahoma to the Texas state line came to Hollis and Gould in 1910. The line was built by the Altus, Wichita Falls and Hollis Railway (later acquired by the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad).[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 539 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 537 square miles (1,390 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5] It lies in the Gypsum Hills physiographic region, and is drained by the Red River and its tributaries, the Salt and Elm forks of the Red River and Lebos and Turkey creeks.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
191011,328
192011,261−0.6%
193013,83422.8%
194010,019−27.6%
19508,079−19.4%
19605,853−27.6%
19705,136−12.3%
19804,519−12.0%
19903,793−16.1%
20003,283−13.4%
20102,922−11.0%
20202,488−14.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2019[1]

Common to many rural counties in the Great Plains the population of Harmon county has declined steadily since 1930. Between 1930 and 2020, Harmon County lost a greater percentage of its population than any other Oklahoma county, from 13,834 in 1930 to 2,488 in 2020, a decrease of 82.1%.[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 3,283 people, 1,266 households, and 863 families residing in the county. The population density was six persons per square mile (2 km2). There were 1,647 housing units at an average density of three per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 72.65% White, 9.78% Black or African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 14.32% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. The population was 22.78% Hispanic or Latino.

There were 1,266 households, out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.90% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 21.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,365, and the median income for a family was $29,063. Males had a median income of $21,530 versus $16,658 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,464. About 23.50% of families and 29.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.20% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of January 15, 2019[12]
Party Number of Voters Percentage
Democratic 838 59.14%
Republican 437 30.84%
Others 142 10.02%
Total 1,417 100%
United States presidential election results for Harmon County, Oklahoma[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 747 80.06% 177 18.97% 9 0.96%
2016 715 73.18% 225 23.03% 37 3.79%
2012 659 71.40% 264 28.60% 0 0.00%
2008 757 69.45% 333 30.55% 0 0.00%
2004 838 70.30% 354 29.70% 0 0.00%
2000 692 57.43% 507 42.07% 6 0.50%
1996 448 33.76% 729 54.94% 150 11.30%
1992 496 30.79% 783 48.60% 332 20.61%
1988 611 40.63% 890 59.18% 3 0.20%
1984 1,009 55.90% 785 43.49% 11 0.61%
1980 676 40.48% 961 57.54% 33 1.98%
1976 666 32.57% 1,371 67.04% 8 0.39%
1972 1,319 68.38% 568 29.45% 42 2.18%
1968 644 30.04% 1,097 51.17% 403 18.80%
1964 602 26.55% 1,665 73.45% 0 0.00%
1960 1,142 47.44% 1,265 52.56% 0 0.00%
1956 837 32.44% 1,743 67.56% 0 0.00%
1952 1,057 35.70% 1,904 64.30% 0 0.00%
1948 266 10.21% 2,340 89.79% 0 0.00%
1944 503 20.56% 1,933 79.03% 10 0.41%
1940 731 24.04% 2,292 75.37% 18 0.59%
1936 331 11.37% 2,570 88.26% 11 0.38%
1932 189 5.85% 3,042 94.15% 0 0.00%
1928 1,431 56.85% 1,060 42.11% 26 1.03%
1924 339 23.28% 1,049 72.05% 68 4.67%
1920 643 34.18% 1,123 59.70% 115 6.11%
1916 147 9.84% 1,091 73.03% 256 17.14%
1912 197 14.25% 895 64.76% 290 20.98%


Economy

Agriculture has been the main component of the county economy. Cotton, wheat and sorghum have been the principal crops. By 1930, farmers had sizable holdings of cattle, poultry, horses, mules, swine, sheep and goats.[4]

Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Joseph Nathan Kane, The American Counties (4th Ed.), (The Scarecrow Press, 1983), p149; Arrell Morgan Gibson, Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries (University of Oklahoma Press, 1981), p208.
  4. ^ a b c d e Wilson, Linda D. "Harmon County," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2009. Accessed April 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Oklahoma: Population of Counties by Dicennial Census," https://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/cencounts/files/ok190090.txt, accessed May 11, 2018
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ "Oklahoma Registration Statistics by County" (PDF). OK.gov. January 15, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 29, 2018.

Coordinates: 34°44′N 99°50′W / 34.74°N 99.84°W / 34.74; -99.84