Harlan is a city in Shelby County, Iowa, United States, along the West Nishnabotna River. The population was 5,282 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Shelby County.
Harlan was named for one of Iowa's early U.S. Senators, James Harlan. The town was incorporated on May 2, 1879. When Nelson G. Kraschel was elected Governor of Iowa in 1936 he was a resident of Harlan. Harlan is also the home of DeWayne Louis "Tiny" Lund, who won the Daytona 500 in 1963 and former NASCAR racer Johnny Beauchamp (who came in 2nd at the 1959 Daytona 500 to Lee Petty).
Harlan's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 41.654609, -95.322019.