Sheridan County, Wyoming
|Sheridan County, Wyoming|
Sheridan County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Wyoming
Wyoming's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 9, 1888|
|Named for||Philip Sheridan|
|• Total||2,527 sq mi (6,545 km2)|
|• Land||2,524 sq mi (6,537 km2)|
|• Water||3.1 sq mi (8 km2), 0.1%|
|• Density||12/sq mi (5/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC−7/−6|
Sheridan County is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 29,116. The county seat is Sheridan. Its north boundary line abuts the south line of the state of Montana.
Sheridan County comprises the Sheridan, WY Micropolitan Statistical Area.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Communities
- 5 Government and infrastructure
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 Further reading
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Sheridan County was created by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory on March 9, 1888. The county was formed from a portion of Johnson County. Sheridan County was named for Philip Sheridan, a general in the American Civil War and controversial Indian fighter.
A portion of Sheridan County was annexed in 1897 to create Big Horn County. Sheridan County boundary lines were also slightly altered in 1911, and again in 1929, after which it has retained its boundary lines to the present time.
National protected area
- Bighorn National Forest (part)
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, of 2000, there were 26,560 people, 11,167 households, and 7,079 families 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.
The county population contained 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.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 29,116 people, 12,360 households, and 7,701 families 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.
- Sheridan (county seat)
Government and infrastructure
The Wyoming Department of Family Services Juvenile Services Division operates the Wyoming Girls' School, located near Sheridan. The facility was operated by the Wyoming Board of Charities and Reform until that agency was dissolved as a result of a state constitutional amendment passed in November 1990.
Sheridan County voters have been reliably Republican for decades. In only one national election since 1948 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).
- Georgen, Cynde. In the Shadow of the Bighorns: A History of Early Sheridan and the Goose Creek Valley of Northern Wyoming. Sheridan, Wyoming: Sheridan County Historical Society, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9792871-7-6.
- Georgen, Cynde. Snippets of Sheridan County History: 366 Newsy Little Stories from the First 125 Years of Sheridan County, Wyoming, 1888-2013. Sheridan, Wyoming: Sheridan County Historical Society, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9792871-8-3.
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