Sterling Heights, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sterling Heights, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Sterling Heights is the 4th largest city in Michigan with a population of 132,868 as of July 1, 2016. Sterling Heights ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling Heights is located at latitude 42.5812 and longitude -83.0303 in Macomb County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sterling Heights (see map below) encompass a land area of 36.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. Macomb County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 614 feet.

The City of Sterling Heights (GNIS ID: 1627126) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sterling Heights 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 Heights, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 132,868
Population in Households 132,087
Population in Familes 112,249
Population in Group Qrtrs 781
Population Density1 3,640
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 50,647
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 34,958
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 53,707 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 37,941 (70.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,706 (23.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,060 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $164,191
Average Home Value $176,905


Median Household Income $58,870
Average Household Income $73,287
Per Capita Income $28,091
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.39% 0.59%
Households 0.38% 0.6%
Families 0.2% 0.48%
Median Household Income   3.1%
Per Capita Income   2.19%
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 Heights, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sterling Heights 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 # 4 100th
Population Density1 # 46 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 106 85th
Median Household Income # 99 86th
Per Capita Income # 165 76th

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