Sheridan, New York

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Sheridan, New York
Location within Chautauqua County and New York
Location within Chautauqua County and New York
Sheridan is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°29′3″N 79°14′53″W / 42.48417°N 79.24806°W / 42.48417; -79.24806
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorJohn Walker II (R)
 • Town Council
Members' List
 • Total37.30 sq mi (96.61 km2)
 • Land37.25 sq mi (96.48 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
761 ft (232 m)
 • Total2,673
 • Estimate 
 • Density69.07/sq mi (26.67/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)716
FIPS code36-013-66916
GNIS feature ID0979491

Sheridan is a town in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 2,673 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is on the county's northern border, east of Dunkirk.


The area was first settled around 1804. The town of Sheridan was founded in 1827 from parts of the towns of Hanover and Pomfret.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Sheridan has a total area of 37.3 square miles (96.6 km2), of which 37.3 square miles (96.5 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.14%, is water.[3]

The town is on the south shore of Lake Erie.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) and US 20 pass across the town.

Adjacent towns and areas[edit]



Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)2,573[2]−3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,838 people, 994 households, and 737 families residing in the town. The population density was 76.1 people per square mile (29.4/km2). There were 1,079 housing units at an average density of 28.9 per square mile (11.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.34% White, 0.63% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% of the population.

There were 994 households, out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,347, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $34,052 versus $26,146 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,081. About 5.0% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


Sheridan is split among the following school districts: Silver Creek, Forestville, Dunkirk City Schools, and Fredonia.

Communities and locations in Sheridan[edit]

  • Center Corners – A hamlet on the lake shore, located on Route 5.
  • Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport (DKK) – A general aviation airport in the western part of town.
  • Cook Corners – A hamlet southwest of Sheridan village on Route 20.
  • Hawkins Corner – A location east of Sheridan village on Route 84.
  • Sheridan – The hamlet of Sheridan, located on Route 20 south of the New York State Thruway.

Law enforcement, fire, and EMS[edit]

Sheridan is served by an independent volunteer fire department run by a board of fire commissioners. Although Sheridan Fire does not have its own transport ambulance, it contracts with Alstar Ambulance for EMS transport. When Alstar is not available, mutual aid is requested from Fredonia, Silver Creek, or Forestville. Law enforcement is provided by the New York State Police and Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Notable people[edit]

Tommy Hartung, artist

Eric Monacelli, Director of Production, Marvel

Brian Monacelli, NASA/JPL Engineer


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Sheridan town, Chautauqua County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°29′18″N 79°14′14″W / 42.48833°N 79.23722°W / 42.48833; -79.23722