Sterling Heights, MI Profile: Facts & 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 134,071 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Sterling Heights, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 134,071
Population in Households 133,290
Population in Familes 112,369
Population in Group Qrtrs 781
Population Density2 3,672
Diversity Index3 39


Median Household Income $63,156
Average Household Income $78,726
Per Capita Income $30,171


Total Housing Units 53,763 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 37,396 (69.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,725 (25.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,642 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $172,395
Average Home Value $190,007


Total Households 51,121
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 35,069
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.4% 0.49%
Households 0.4% 0.49%
Families 0.19% 0.35%
Median Household Income   3.18%
Per Capita Income   3.3%

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, 2018 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 Density # 45 94th
Diversity Index # 101 85th
Median Household Income # 96 86th
Per Capita Income # 172 75th

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