Sheridan County, Wyoming
|Sheridan County, Wyoming|
Location in the state of Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
|• Total||2,527 sq mi (6,545 km2)|
|• Land||2,522 sq mi (6,532 km2)|
|• Water||4 sq mi (10 km2), 0.15%|
|• Density||12/sq mi (4.46/km²)|
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.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,527 sq mi (6,545 km²) making it over 1,000 square miles (2,600 km2) larger than the state of Rhode Island. Of that 2,523 sq mi (6,535 km²) is land, and 4 sq mi (10 km²) (0.15%) is water.
- Big Horn County, Montana (north)
- Powder River County, Montana (northeast)
- Campbell County (east)
- Johnson County (south)
- Big Horn County (west)
National protected area
- Bighorn National Forest (part)
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 according to Census 2000.
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.
Government and infrastructure
The Wyoming Department of Family Services Juvenile Services Division operates the Wyoming Girls' School, located in unincorporated Sheridan County, 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.
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- 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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