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Welcome to Harlan

About Us

City Park TreeWith 17 area churches, a melting pot of cultures, and a history dating back to 1838, Harlan is a friendly, progressive community of 5,400 people.  Residents of Harlan enjoy a high quality of life with an abundance of recreational and cultural activities.  It is the seat of government for Shelby County Iowa, with the courthouse the focal point of the historic downtown area.

Harlan has one of the state's finest volunteer fire departments and one of the lowest crime rates in Iowa for cities between 5,000 and 10,000 population.  The city is blessed with a strong street, utility, sanitation and park infrastructure as well.

  1. C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center
  2. Harlan Public Library
  3. Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
  4. Petersen Family Wellness Center
  5. Harlan Municipal Utilities
  6. Myrtue Medical Center

City Projects

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Our rich history

time to learn a bit about Harlan!

Located in West Central Iowa, Harlan is the seat of Shelby County government and a short drive on Interstate 80 from Omaha, NE and Des Moines, IA.

Shelby County's rural tranquility is scattered with timber-bordered, green rolling pastures dotted with sparkling ponds, grazing livestock and fields of corn and soybeans.  Fresh air sustains the 1,200 farms, all of which offer the perfect urban-rural setting.

The population is not only well educated, but its rural roots are evidenced in a strong dedication to the traditional American ethic of helping others.  The library, two historical museums, parks, park shelters, and recreational equipment were developed through countless volunteer hours.  Over 60  civic organizations have helped Harlan grow and prosper.  We would like you to be a part of this growth!