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Sheridan, Montana
Location of Sheridan, Montana
Location of Sheridan, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Madison
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
5,115 ft (1,559 m)
 • Total 694
 • Density 687.13/sq mi (265.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-67600
GNIS feature ID 0776478

Sheridan is a town in Madison County, Montana, United States named after the Civil War general Philip Sheridan. The population was 694 at the 2020 census. Sheridan is known as the "heart of the Ruby Valley." Seven majestic mountain ranges surround this beautiful community: (Tobacco Root Range, Highlands Mountains, McCartney Mountain, The Pioneers, The Ruby Range, The Gravellies and the Snowcrest Range). The geology of the area includes some of the oldest rocks dating back over 2,000 years. The Ruby River winds through the valley just west of the town.

In an effort to promote the town - the community has formed a Main Street Improvement Team, provides for free Wi-Fi in town and has their own Web site where artists, businesses, and general information about the area can be found at their home page [1]

Sheridan traces its beginnings to the construction of a sawmill on Mill Creek by James Gammell in 1863.


Sheridan is located at 45°27′22″N 112°11′45″W / 45.45611°N 112.19583°W / 45.45611; -112.19583 (45.456173, -112.195793).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Sheridan has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 156
1890 207 32.7%
1900 581 180.7%
1910 399 −31.3%
1920 538 34.8%
1930 521 −3.2%
1940 597 14.6%
1950 572 −4.2%
1960 539 −5.8%
1970 636 18.0%
1980 646 1.6%
1990 652 0.9%
2000 659 1.1%
2010 642 −2.6%
2020 694 8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 642 people, 306 households, and 174 families residing in the town. The population density was 629.4 inhabitants per square mile (243.0/km2). There were 376 housing units at an average density of 368.6 per square mile (142.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.3% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 306 households, of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.1% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.99 and the average family size was 2.66.

The median age in the town was 53.1 years. 19.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.3% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 29% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.3% male and 54.7% female.


Sheridan Public Schools educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Sheridan High School's team name is the Panthers.

Sheridan Public Library serves the area.

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