Sheridan is a village in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 2,411. It is part of the Ottawa–Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Sheridan is located at 41°31′25″N 88°41′06″W / 41.52361°N 88.68500°W / 41.52361; -88.68500 (41.5236847, -88.6850380).
According to the 2010 census, Sheridan has a total area of 2.027 square miles (5.25 km), of which 1.99 square miles (5.15 km) (or 98.17%) is land and 0.037 square miles (0.10 km) (or 1.83%) is water.
The village lies at a bend in the Fox River where Somonauk Creek enters the river, and the Lower Fox River Dells start. It is used as both a launching and retrieval point for canoes going down the river. Canoes generally start upstream in Yorkville, and they generally exit at Ayers Landing, near the community of Wedron. The area of the village, and Mission Township where it sits, is defined by the river’s distinct westward flow, which goes west, then south, then east, then south, and finally winds west again. The unincorporated area of the village resides within the flood plain and valley north of the village, and is within Northville Township while the village itself sits far back from the river, upon a sandstone bluff, which has been mined for sand and gravel. The village’s “Rod and Gun Club” actually sits within one of the old open-pit mines between the village and the northern bridge.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,411 people, 285 households, and 214 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,715.5 people per square mile (660.2/km²). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 211.3 per square mile (81.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 53.63% White, 37.20% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 7.96% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.37% of the population.
There were 285 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the village, the population was spread out with 10.7% under the age of 18, 21.4% from 18 to 24, 52.4% from 25 to 44, 11.8% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 486.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 660.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $45,000, and the median income for a family was $49,615. Males had a median income of $24,270 versus $21,406 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,352. About 2.3% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
The community is also currently the home to a minimum-security prison for the State of Illinois.
The community is served by the Sheridan Community Fire Department and Sheridan Police Department. The school district that serves the area is CUSD #2, which serves the Communities of Serena, Sheridan, Harding, Norway, and Baker; Schools are only in Sheridan, Serena, and Harding, however, with the High School in Serena.
The mailing area of the community (the area with a Sheridan address) extends toward the communities of Newark, Millington, Norway, Serena, Somonauk, and Sandwich. Regarding to what reference is being consulted, the community of Norway and its environs are actually referred to as being Sheridan, or the nearby community of Serena.