Harlan is a very small city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 1,718 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harlan is the 204th largest community in Kentucky.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harlan is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harlan is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harlan who work in office and administrative support (16.17%), management occupations (9.57%), and healthcare (9.34%).
One of the benefits of Harlan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.88 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The education level of Harlan citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.49% of adults 25 and older in Harlan have a college degree.
The per capita income in Harlan in 2018 was $20,322, which is lower middle income relative to Kentucky, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,288 for a family of four. However, Harlan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Harlan also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.45% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Harlan home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harlan residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Harlan include English, Irish, German, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Harlan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Vietnamese.