Sterling, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sterling, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Village of Sterling is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Arenac County at latitude 44.0328 and longitude -84.0186. Arenac County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 748 feet.

The formal official name is the Village of Sterling, but most people and references simply refer to it as Sterling, Michigan.

The P1 Census Class Code for Sterling indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Village of Sterling, MI Boundary Map


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Sterling, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 530
Population in Households 522
Population in Familes 439
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density1 542
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 186
Average Household Size 2.81
Family Households 134
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 206 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 156 (75.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 30 (14.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 20 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $75,532
Average Home Value $78,205


Median Household Income $38,685
Average Household Income $50,745
Per Capita Income $20,434
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.0% -0.23%
Households 0.13% -0.11%
Families 0.0% -0.15%
Median Household Income   4.21%
Per Capita Income   2.05%
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, 2014 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 # 561 19th
Median Household Income # 464 33rd
Per Capita Income # 441 36th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool.