Richland County encompasses just over 2,100 square miles of land with an estimated population of 9,746 residents living in the cities and towns of Crane, Fairview, Lambert, Savage and the county seat, Sidney.
Richland County separated from Dawson County in 1914, and Sidney became the county seat. Richland county is located in northeastern Montana. This is a place of wide-open spaces, breathtaking natural beauty, and an adaptable, diverse economy. Richland County citizens take pride in their community, and unsaid expression of warmth, dedication, and drive to make the best with what they have. This vision has been passed down from generation to generation, as pioneers of long ago carved out of their spots in history to be recognized even today.
The adequate supply of irrigation water availability from the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers fosters an optimum environment for agricultural crops. The management of the water falls under the control of the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project.