Sheridan Lake, Colorado

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Town of Sheridan Lake, Colorado
Sheridan Lake in 2015
Sheridan Lake in 2015
Location of Sheridan Lake in Kiowa County, Colorado
Location of Sheridan Lake in Kiowa County, Colorado
Coordinates: 38°28′6″N 102°17′35″W / 38.46833°N 102.29306°W / 38.46833; -102.29306Coordinates: 38°28′6″N 102°17′35″W / 38.46833°N 102.29306°W / 38.46833; -102.29306
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyKiowa County[1]
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • Total0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)
 • Land0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
4,072 ft (1,241 m)
 • Total88
 • Estimate 
 • Density277.5/sq mi (107.16/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-69700
GNIS feature ID0195322
Sixth least populous Colorado municipality

The Town of Sheridan Lake is a Statutory Town located in Kiowa County, Colorado, United States. The population was 88 at the 2010 census,[5] up from 66 at the 2000 census.

A post office called "Sheridan Lake" has been in operation since 1887.[6] The community was named after Phil Sheridan, a pioneer hunter.[7]


Sheridan Lake is located in eastern Kiowa County at 38°28′6″N 102°17′35″W / 38.46833°N 102.29306°W / 38.46833; -102.29306 (38.468274, -102.293155).[8] U.S. Route 385 passes through the town, leading north 27 miles (43 km) to Cheyenne Wells and south 28 miles (45 km) to Granada. Colorado State Highway 96 is the town's Main Street and leads west 28 miles (45 km) to Eads, the Kiowa county seat, and east 13 miles (21 km) to the Kansas border.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.32 square miles (0.82 km2), all of it recorded as land.[5] The town is situated just to the north of the site of the small lake for which it was named. Recent aerial photos appear to indicate that the lake is mostly dried-up, with only an alkali lake bed remaining.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201882[4]−6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 66 people, 27 households, and 16 families residing in the town. The population density was 203.5 people per square mile (79.6/km²). There were 41 housing units at an average density of 126.4 per square mile (49.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.45% White, 1.52% African American, 1.52% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.55% of the population. Sheridan Lake is also known as "The littlest town that ever did live".

There were 27 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town, the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $21,500. Males had a median income of $20,313 versus $8,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,981. There were no families and 3.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  3. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Sheridan Lake town, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 28, 2019.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  7. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 46.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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