Sterling, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Village of Sterling had a population of 537 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling is located at latitude 44.0328 and longitude -84.0186 in Arenac County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Sterling (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Arenac County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 748 feet.

The Village of Sterling (GNIS ID: 2399895) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Sterling is located within Township of Deep River, a minor civil division (MCD) of Arenac County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sterling population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Sterling, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 537
Population in Households 529
Population in Familes 443
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density1 550
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 185
Average Household Size 2.86
Family Households 133
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 207 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 155 (74.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 30 (14.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 22 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $92,241
Average Home Value $132,853


Median Household Income $39,989
Average Household Income $54,281
Per Capita Income $21,733
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.21% 0.0%
Households 0.0% -0.22%
Families -0.12% -0.3%
Median Household Income   3.09%
Per Capita Income   1.85%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Sterling, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sterling to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 523 25th
Population Density1 # 498 28th
Diversity Index2 # 464 33rd
Median Household Income # 447 36th
Per Capita Income # 402 42nd

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