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 134,109 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 134,109
Daytime Population: Workers 54,956
Daytime Population: Residents 67,237
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 122,193
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.91
Population in Households 133,328
Population in Familes 113,136
Population in Group Qrtrs 781
Population Density2 3,674
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $60,798
Average Household Income $76,479
Per Capita Income $29,316


Total Housing Units 53,729 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 38,051 (70.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,087 (24.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,591 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $167,532
Average Home Value $180,258


Total Households 51,138
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 35,174
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 0.46% 0.57%
Households 0.46% 0.57%
Families 0.26% 0.44%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

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, 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 # 4 100th
Population Density # 45 94th
Diversity Index # 102 85th
Median Household Income # 96 86th
Per Capita Income # 166 76th

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