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Sheridan County, Montana
Map
Map of Montana highlighting Sheridan County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the USA highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 11, 1913
Seat Plentywood
Largest City Plentywood
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,706 sq mi (4,419 km²)
1,677 sq mi (4,343 km²)
29 sq mi (75 km²), 1.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

3,687
2.0/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.co.sheridan.mt.us
Named for: Philip Sheridan

Sheridan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,384. Its county seat is Plentywood. Sheridan County was established in 1913 when the Montana Legislature split Dawson and Valley Counties. It was named after American Civil War General Philip Sheridan. Its northern boundary is the Canada–United States border south of Saskatchewan.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,706 square miles (4,420 km2), of which 1,677 square miles (4,340 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • MT-16.svg Montana Highway 16
  • MT-5.svg Montana Highway 5

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

National protected area

  • Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 13,847
1930 9,869 −28.7%
1940 7,814 −20.8%
1950 6,674 −14.6%
1960 6,458 −3.2%
1970 5,779 −10.5%
1980 5,414 −6.3%
1990 4,732 −12.6%
2000 4,105 −13.3%
2010 3,384 −17.6%
Est. 2015 3,687 9.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,105 people, 1,741 households, and 1,140 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.4 people per square mile (0.9/km²). There were 2,167 housing units at an average density of 1.3 per square mile (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.00% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.5% were of Norwegian, 19.0% German and 8.9% Danish ancestry.

There were 1,741 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 4.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 32.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 4.80% from 18 to 24, 22.20% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 23.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,518, and the median income for a family was $35,345. Males had a median income of $23,053 versus $20,112 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,038. About 10.60% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,384 people, 1,587 households, and 944 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.0 inhabitants per square mile (0.77/km2). There were 2,089 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.46/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.4% white, 1.7% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 33.8% were Norwegian, 26.0% were German, 12.0% were Danish, 11.6% were Irish, 5.5% were Swedish, 5.3% were English, and 5.0% were American.

Of the 1,587 households, 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.5% were non-families, and 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.70. The median age was 50.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,578 and the median income for a family was $55,313. Males had a median income of $46,932 versus $22,107 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,537. About 6.4% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

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