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America's Least Populated Counties Ranked by Population

Stories and Statistics from America's Least Populated Rural Counties

 

Updated September 2014

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King County Texas 666 Ranch Supply HouseIsolated, secluded, steeped in history and rich in tradition -- these counties are the least populated and most isolated places in America.

 

The people who live in these remote, isolated places enjoy a lifestyle and individual freedoms that many thought vanished in the United States long ago.

 

With 22 isolated rural counties, Texas has the highest number of sparsely populated counties followed by Nebraska with 20 of the least populated and North Dakota with 17. Hawaii has only one county to make the list but Kalawao County became the least populated county in the country as of 2013.

 

Lake And Peninsula Borough in Alaska is the least densely populated county with 14.35 sq miles per person followed by Yakutat Borough with 11.91 and Loving County Texas with 7.04 sq miles per person.

 

Kalawao County isn't just the least populated county in the country. With a 50,618 average per capita income, its residents also enjoy the highest income for under populated counties. It ranks above the second highest income in Mineral County Colorado where local residents earn $42,539 and Borden County Texas with average earnings of $40,241 per year.

 

America's Least Populated Counties Listed by Population

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Kawao County Hawaii

Kalawao Co HI

King County Texas

Guthrie TX

Kenedy County Courthouse

Sarita TX

Gail Mountain in Borden County Texas

Borden Co TX

Grantier Ranch - Petroleum County Nebraska

Winnett MT

Yakutat Alaska 1940

Yakutat  AK

San Juan County Colorado

Silverton CO

Hinsdale County Colorado

Lake City CO

Borden County Courthouse - Gail Texas

Gail Texas

Hooker County, Nebraska Postcard from 1910

Mullen NE

Bartlett NE

Esmeralda County Courthouse Goldfield NV Postcard

Goldfield NV

RYEGATE MT Residence House Golden Valley County

Ryegate MT

Billings County North Dakota

Medora ND

Bull in sand hill grazing area. Thomas County,Nebraska

Thedford NE

Dundy County Benkelman, Nebraska

Benkelman NE

Wibaux County Picture from eBay

Wibaux MT

Garfield County Montana Sheep ranch 1942 Charles McKenzie

Jordan MT

McCone County Medical Students Circle, Montana 1890's

Circle MT

Wheatland County Harlowton, Montana and Lumber Mill

Harlowton MT

 
County ST Pop Density
Kalawao Co HI 90 6.36
Loving County TX 95 0.14
King County TX 285 0.31
Kenedy County TX 412 0.28
Arthur County NE 458 0.64
Blaine County NE 482 0.68
Petroleum Co MT 506 0.31
McPherson Co NE 526 0.61
Loup County NE 576 1.01
Grant County NE 633 0.82
Borden County TX 637 0.71
Yakutat Bor AK 642 0.08
San Juan Co CO 692 1.79
Harding County NM 693 0.33
Thomas County NE 699 0.98
Treasure Co MT 700 0.72
Mineral County CO 721 0.82
Hooker County NE 738 1.02
Wheeler Co NE 759 1.32
Banner County NE 759 1.02
Slope County ND 761 0.63
Logan County NE 763 1.34
McMullen Co TX 764 0.67
Keya Paha Co NE 790 1.02
Kent County TX 807 0.89
Hinsdale Co CO 813 0.73
Roberts Co TX 831 0.90
Esmeralda Co NV 832 0.23
Golden Valley NM 859 0.73
Clark County ID 867 0.49
Billings County ND 874 0.76
Terrell County TX 903 0.38
Bristol Bay Bor AK 960 1.90
Hayes County NE 976 1.37
Skagway Bor AK 995 2.20
Jones County SD 1001 1.03
Camas Co ID 1042 0.97
Wibaux County MT 1121 1.26
Daggett Co UT 1127 1.62
Alpine County CA 1159 1.57
Carter County MT 1174 0.35
Prairie County MT 1179 0.68
Motley County TX 1196 1.21
Sterling Co TX 1219 1.32
Glasscock Co TX 1251 1.39
Harding Co SD 1262 0.47
Foard County TX 1277 1.81
Greeley Co KS 1290 1.66
Garfield Co MT 1290 0.28
Sheridan Co ND 1304 1.34
Sioux County NE 1313 0.64
Campbell Co SD 1334 1.82
Jackson Co CO 1365 0.85
Wheeler Co OR 1381 0.81
Hyde County SD 1391 1.60
Issaquena Co MS 1395 3.38
Rock County NE 1411 1.40
Kiowa County CO 1423 0.80
Stonewall Co TX 1432 1.56
Sully County SD 1437 1.43
Cottle County TX 1452 1.61
Piute County UT 1510 1.99
Briscoe County TX 1537 1.70
Wallace County KS 1569 1.72
Throckmorton TX 1600 1.75
Irion County TX 1612 1.53
Lake & Penin AK 1648 0.07
Taliaferro Co GA 1703 8.73
McCone County MT 1709 0.65
Lane County KS 1720 2.40
Sherman Co OR 1731 2.10
Powder River Co MT 1748 0.53
Daniels County MT 1791 1.26
Golden Valley ND 1823 1.82
Denali Borough AK 1867 0.15
Oliver County ND 1874 2.59
Edwards Co TX 1884 0.89
Cheyenne Co CO 1890 1.06
Haakon County SD 1894 1.05
Garden County NE 1902 1.12
De Baca Co NM 1907 0.82
Deuel County NE 1937 4.40
Meagher Co MT 1937 0.81
Logan County ND 1946 1.96
Gilliam County OR 1947 1.62
Armstrong Co TX 1949 2.14
Hodgeman Co KS 1950 2.27
Comanche Co KS 1955 2.48
Steele County ND 1960 2.75
Gosper County NE 1972 4.31
Dundy County NE 1981 2.15
Judith Basin Co MT 2016 1.08
Buffalo County SD 2024 4.30
Dolores County CO 2029 1.90
Boyd County NE 2032 3.76
Garfield County NE 2035 3.57
Jerauld County SD 2066 3.93
Eureka County NV 2076 0.50
Mellette County SD 2081 1.59
Worth County MO 2090 7.83
Oldham County TX 2102 1.40
Wheatland Co MT 2134 1.50
Hoonah-Angoon AK 2145 0.29
Menard County TX 2148 2.38
Keweenaw Co MI 2191 4.06
Wichita County KS 2192 3.05
Clark County KS 2193 2.25
Stanton County KS 2194 3.23
Highland Co VA 2215 5.34`
Robertson Co KY 2235 22.35
Jeff Davis Co TX 2253 0.99
Garfield County WA 2256 3.17
Culberson Co TX 2277 0.60
Rich County UT 2288 2.22
Dickens County TX 2291 2.54
Griggs County ND 2296 3.24
Burke County ND 2306 2.09
Divide County ND 2314 1.84
Towner County ND 2317 2.26
Sanborn Co SD 2324 4.08
Miner County SD 2333 4.09
Cimarron Co OK 2335 1.27
Sedgwick Co CO 2360 4.31
Adams County ND 2360 2.39
Liberty County MT 2369 1.66
Grant County ND 2377 1.43
Faulk County SD 2386 2.43
Potter County SD 2394 2.78
Wrangell Bor AK 2400 0.94
Eddy County ND 2404 3.82
Kidder County ND 2428 1.80
McPherson Co SD 2457 2.16
Niobrara Co WY 2541 0.97
Renville County ND 2608 2.97
Hettinger Co ND 2660 2.35

 

What's it like to work in America's Loneliest Counties?

 

Landman working in McMullen County Texas

Michael Persyn, Percheron. LLC

 

Michael remembers " The parking lot around the McMullen County Courthouse was unpaved when I first started going there around 2000 or soon after. McMullen County has a population density of less than 1 person per sq mile."

 

Land Negotiator working in Garfield County Montana

Libby Ecord, of Noble Energy worked Garfield County, Montana in the 1980's.

 

She says, "Jordan, the small town where the courthouse is located had one motel with 8 rooms. Only one of the rooms had a color TV, the rest were black and white. There were 6 bars in town and the Garfield County abstract office was in a little girl's bedroom at a house about 4 blocks from the courthouse".

 

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