Sterling, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Village of Sterling had a population of 529 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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Sterling, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 529
Daytime Population: Workers 302
Daytime Population: Residents 277
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 579
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 521
Population in Familes 435
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density2 541
Diversity Index3 13


Median Household Income $43,017
Average Household Income $57,835
Per Capita Income $23,237


Total Housing Units 206 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 153 (74.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 30 (14.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 24 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $93,860
Average Home Value $129,934


Total Households 182
Average Household Size 2.86
Family Households 131
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.03% -0.3%
Households -0.23% -0.33%
Families -0.31% -0.46%
Median Household Income   2.1%
Per Capita Income   3.07%

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, 2017 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 24th
Population Density # 502 28th
Diversity Index # 487 29th
Median Household Income # 421 39th
Per Capita Income # 368 47th

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