Sterling, MI 48659 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 48659: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Sterling, MI 48659

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 43
  • Single Family Addresses: 1,058
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 0
  • County: Arenac County
  • Centroid: Latitude 44.064, Longitude -84.025
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 48659 has segments in 2 Counties (Arenac, Bay).

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Sterling, MI 48659 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,950
Population in Households 2,896
Population in Familes 2,415
Population in Group Qrtrs 54
Population Density1 39
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 1,111
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 802
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,410 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 937 (66.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 174 (12.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 299 (21.2%)
Median Home Value $93,258
Average Home Value $148,266


Median Household Income $41,930
Average Household Income $52,994
Per Capita Income $20,248
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.04% -0.08%
Households -0.06% -0.14%
Families -0.22% -0.23%
Median Household Income   2.6%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
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 48659 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 48659 to the other 987 ZIP Codes 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 # 599 39th
Population Density1 # 768 22nd
Diversity Index2 # 751 24th
Median Household Income # 656 34th
Per Capita Income # 789 20th

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