Shepherd, Montana

Coordinates: 45°56′36″N 108°20′41″W / 45.94333°N 108.34472°W / 45.94333; -108.34472
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Shepherd, Montana
Location of Shepherd, Montana
Location of Shepherd, Montana
Coordinates: 45°56′36″N 108°20′41″W / 45.94333°N 108.34472°W / 45.94333; -108.34472
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.22 sq mi (5.76 km2)
 • Land2.22 sq mi (5.76 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation3,107 ft (947 m)
 • Total507
 • Density227.97/sq mi (88.03/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code406
FIPS code30-67525
GNIS feature ID0776471[2]

Shepherd is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. The population was 193 at the 2000 census. Shepherd is a Billings suburb located to the northeast. The unincorporated town was named after R.E. Shepherd, a prominent early settler and owner of the Billings Land and Irrigation Company and the Merchants National Bank. The post office opened in 1915.[3]

The farming community is near the Yellowstone River.


Shepherd High School

Shepherd is located at 45°56′36″N 108°20′41″W / 45.94333°N 108.34472°W / 45.94333; -108.34472 (45.943253, -108.344635).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 193 people, 71 households, and 51 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 181.0 inhabitants per square mile (69.9/km2). There were 79 housing units at an average density of 74.1 per square mile (28.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.30% White, 4.15% Native American, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.

There were 71 households, out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 33.7% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $45,500. Males had a median income of $17,500 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,025. About 31.0% of families and 28.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 53.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 50.0% of those 65 or over.


Shepherd School District educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade.[7] Shepherd High School's team name is the Mustangs.[8]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shepherd, Montana
  3. ^ "Shepherd". Montana Place Names Companion. Montana Historical Society. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "Shepherd School District". Shepherd School District. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "Member Schools". Montana High School Association. Retrieved April 19, 2021.