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Grantier Ranch - Petroleum County Nebraska

Winnett MT

Yakutat Alaska 1940

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Esmeralda County Courthouse Goldfield NV Postcard

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RYEGATE MT Residence House Golden Valley County

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Billings County North Dakota

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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

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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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Isolated, secluded, steeped in history and rich in tradition -- these counties are the least populated and most isolated places in America.

 

King County Texas 666 Ranch Supply House

6666 Ranch King County TX

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. At $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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County ST Seat Pop Density Sq Miles
Kalawao Co HI Kalawao 90 6.36 14
Loving County TX Mentone 95 0.14 669
King County TX Guthrie 285 0.31 911
Kenedy County TX Sarita 412 0.28 1458
Arthur County NE Arthur 458 0.64 715
Blaine County NE Brewster 482 0.68 711
Petroleum County MT Winnett 506 0.31 1655
McPherson Co NE Tryon 526 0.61 859
Loup County NE Taylor 576 1.01 568
Grant County NE Hyannis 633 0.82 776
Borden County TX Gail 637 0.71 897
Yakutat Borough AK Yakutat 642 0.08 7649
San Juan County CO Silverton 692 1.79 387
Harding County NM Mosquero 693 0.33 2125
Thomas County NE Thedford 699 0.98 713
Treasure County MT Hysham 700 0.72 977
Mineral County CO Creede 721 0.82 876
Hooker County NE Mullen 738 1.02 721
Wheeler County NE Bartlett 759 1.32 575
Banner County NE Harrisburg 759 1.02 746
Slope County ND Amidon 761 0.63 1215
Logan County NE Stapleton 763 1.34 571
McMullen County TX Tilden 764 0.67 1139
Keya Paha County NE Springview 790 1.02 773
Kent County TX Jayton 807 0.89 903
Hinsdale County CO Lake City 813 0.73 1117
Roberts County TX Miami 831 0.90 924
Esmeralda County NV Goldfield 832 0.23 3582
Golden Valley NM Ryegate 859 0.73 1175
Clark County ID Dubois 867 0.49 1764
Billings County ND Medora 874 0.76 1149
Terrell County TX Sanderson 903 0.38 2358
Bristol Bay Borough AK Naknek 960 1.90 504
Hayes County NE Hayes Center 976 1.37 713
Skagway Borough AK Skagway 995 2.20 452
Jones County SD Murdo 1001 1.03 970
Camas County ID Fairfield 1042 0.97 1074
Wibaux County MT Wibaux 1121 1.26 889
Daggett County UT Manila 1127 1.62 697
Alpine County CA Markleeville 1159 1.57 738
Carter County MT Ekalaka 1174 0.35 3341
Prairie County MT Terry 1179 0.68 1737
Motley County TX Matador 1196 1.21 990
Sterling County TX Sterling City 1219 1.32 923
Glasscock County TX Garden City 1251 1.39 900
Harding County SD Buffalo 1262 0.47 2671
Foard County TX Crowell 1277 1.81 704
Greeley County KS Tribune 1290 1.66 778
Garfield County MT Jordan 1290 0.28 4675
Sheridan County ND McClusky 1304 1.34 972
Sioux County NE Harrison 1313 0.64 2067
Campbell County SD Mound City 1334 1.82 734
Jackson County CO Walden 1365 0.85 1614
Wheeler County OR Fossil 1381 0.81 1715
Hyde County SD Highmore 1391 1.60 861
Issaquena County MS Mayersville 1395 3.38 413
Rock County NE Bassett 1411 1.40 1008
Kiowa County CO Eads 1423 0.80 1768
Stonewall County TX Aspermont 1432 1.56 916
Sully County SD Onida 1437 1.43 1007
Cottle County TX Paducah 1452 1.61 901
Piute County UT Junction 1510 1.99 758
Briscoe County TX Silverton 1537 1.70 900
Wallace County KS Sharon Springs 1569 1.72 914
Throckmorton County TX Throckmorton 1600 1.75 913
Irion County TX Mertzon 1612 1.53 1052
Lake And Peninsula AK King Salmon 1648 0.07 23652
Taliaferro County GA Crawfordville 1703 8.73 195
McCone County MT Circle 1709 0.65 2643
Lane County KS Dighton 1720 2.40 717
Sherman County OR Moro 1731 2.10 824
Powder River County MT Broadus 1748 0.53 3297
Daniels County MT Scobey 1791 1.26 1426
Golden Valley ND Beach 1823 1.82 1001
Denali Borough AK Healy 1867 0.15 12751
Oliver County ND Center 1874 2.59 723
Edwards County TX Rocksprings 1884 0.89 2118
Cheyenne County CO Cheyenne Wells 1890 1.06 1778
Haakon County SD Philip 1894 1.05 1811
Garden County NE Oshkosh 1902 1.12 1704
De Baca County NM Fort Sumner 1907 0.82 2323
Deuel County NE Chappell 1937 4.40 440
Meagher County MT White Sulphur Springs 1937 0.81 2392
Logan County ND Napoleon 1946 1.96 993
Gilliam County OR Condon 1947 1.62 1205
Armstrong County TX Claude 1949 2.14 909
Hodgeman County KS Jetmore 1950 2.27 860
Comanche County KS Coldwater 1955 2.48 788
Steele County ND Finley 1960 2.75 712
Gosper County NE Elwood 1972 4.31 458
Dundy County NE Benkelman 1981 2.15 920
Judith Basin Co MT Stanford 2016 1.08 1870
Buffalo County SD Valley 2024 4.30 471
Dolores County CO Dove 2029 1.90 1067
Boyd County NE Butte 2032 3.76 540
Garfield County NE Burwell 2035 3.57 570
Jerauld County SD Wessington Springs 2066 3.93 526
Eureka County NV Eureka 2076 0.50 4176
Mellette County SD White River 2081 1.59 1307
Worth County MO Grant City 2090 7.83 267
Oldham County TX Vega 2102 1.40 1501
Wheatland County MT Harlowton 2134 1.50 1423
Hoonah-Angoon AK Hoonah 2145 0.29 7525
Menard County TX Menard 2148 2.38 902
Keweenaw County MI Eagle River 2191 4.06 540
Wichita County KS Leoti 2192 3.05 719
Clark County KS Ashland 2193 2.25 975
Stanton County KS Johnson City 2194 3.23 680
Highland County VA Monterey 2215 5.34` 415
Robertson County KY Mount Olivet 2235 22.35 100
Jeff Davis County TX Fort Davis 2253 0.99 2265
Garfield County WA Pomeroy 2256 3.17 711
Culberson County TX Van Horn 2277 0.60 3813
Rich County UT Randolph 2288 2.22 1029
Dickens County TX Dickens 2291 2.54 902
Griggs County ND Cooperstown 2296 3.24 709
Burke County ND Bowbells 2306 2.09 1104
Divide County ND Crosby 2314 1.84 1261
Towner County ND Cando 2317 2.26 1025
Sanborn County SD Woonsocket 2324 4.08 569
Miner County SD Howard 2333 4.09 570
Cimarron County OK Boise City 2335 1.27 1835
Sedgwick County CO Julesburg 2360 4.31 548
Adams County ND Hettinger 2360 2.39 988
Liberty County MT Chester 2369 1.66 1430
Grant County ND Carson 2377 1.43 1659
Faulk County SD Faulkton 2386 2.43 982
Potter County SD Gettysburg 2394 2.78 861
Wrangell Borough AK Wrangell 2400 0.94 2541
Eddy County ND New Rockford 2404 3.82 630
Kidder County ND Steele 2428 1.80 1351
McPherson County SD Leola 2457 2.16 1137
Niobrara County WY Lusk 2541 0.97 2626
Renville County ND Mohall 2608 2.97 877
Hettinger County ND Mott 2660 2.35 1132

 

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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