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The Village of Sterling had a population of 528 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling is located at latitude 44.0334 and longitude -84.0228 in Arenac County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Sterling 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 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.

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Sterling, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 528 (100%)
Population in Households 520 (98.5%)
Population in Families 433 (82.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 8 ( 1.5%)
Population Density 540
Diversity Index2 14


Median Household Income $48,498
Average Household Income $63,517
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $25,834
Wealth Index5 61


Total HU (Housing Units) 207 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 158 (76.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 28 (13.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 22 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $109,848
Average Home Value $141,195
Housing Affordability Index3 281


Total Households 185
Average Household Size 2.81
Family Households 132
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.03% -0.42%
Households 0.0% -0.44%
Families -0.13% -0.61%
Median Household Income   1.51%
Per Capita Income   2.34%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.38%

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, 2021 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 # 525 24th
Population Density # 501 28th
Median Household Income # 444 36th
Housing Affordability Index # 631 91st
Per Capita Income # 395 43rd
Diversity Index # 474 32nd

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