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Sheridan County, Wyoming
Map
Map of Wyoming highlighting Sheridan County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the USA highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1888
Seat Sheridan
Largest City Sheridan
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,527 sq mi (6,545 km²)
2,524 sq mi (6,537 km²)
3.1 sq mi (8 km²), 0.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

30,009
12/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.sheridancounty.com
Named for: Philip Sheridan

Sheridan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,116. The county seat is Sheridan. It is south from the Montana state line.

Sheridan County comprises the Sheridan, WY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Sheridan County was created by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory on March 9, 1888. The county was formed from land ceded from Johnson County. Sheridan County was named for Philip Sheridan, a general in the American Civil War and controversial Indian fighter.

In 1897, Big Horn County was created by removing lands from Sheridan County, along with lands from Fremont County, and Johnson County. The boundaries of Sheridan County were slightly modified in 1911 and 1929, but have remained stable since then.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,527 square miles (6,540 km2), of which 2,524 square miles (6,540 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 16.svg U.S. Highway 16
  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87
  • WY-193.svg Wyoming Highway 193

National protected area

  • Bighorn National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,972
1900 5,122 159.7%
1910 16,324 218.7%
1920 18,182 11.4%
1930 16,875 −7.2%
1940 19,255 14.1%
1950 20,185 4.8%
1960 18,989 −5.9%
1970 17,852 −6.0%
1980 25,048 40.3%
1990 23,562 −5.9%
2000 26,560 12.7%
2010 29,116 9.6%
Est. 2015 30,009 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,560 people, 11,167 households, and 7,079 families residing in the county. The population density was 10/sq mi (4/km²). There were 12,577 housing units at an average density of 5/sq mi (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.88% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 2.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.8% were of German, 12.3% English, 10.3% Irish, 7.1% American, 6.0% Norwegian and 5.1% Polish ancestry.

There were 11,167 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.60% were non-families. 30.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,538, and the median income for a family was $42,669. Males had a median income of $31,381 versus $20,354 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,407. About 8.60% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.40% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 29,116 people, 12,360 households, and 7,701 families residing in the county. The population density was 11.5 inhabitants per square mile (4.4/km2). There were 13,939 housing units at an average density of 5.5 per square mile (2.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.4% white, 1.2% American Indian, 0.7% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.7% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.5% were German, 16.3% were Irish, 11.8% were English, 7.5% were American, 6.2% were Norwegian, and 5.1% were Polish.

Of the 12,360 households, 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.7% were non-families, and 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 41.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,141 and the median income for a family was $61,959. Males had a median income of $45,035 versus $30,780 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,756. About 5.2% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

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City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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