Introduction to Sterling, Colorado

Sterling, Colorado, in Logan county, is 80 miles E of Greeley, Colorado and 106 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado. The city has a population of 11,360.

Sterling History

Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. French fur trappers frequented this area starting in the 19th century. Major Stephen Harriman Long organized an expedition to this part of the country in 1820. On July 11, 1869, the Battle of Summit Springs between Colonel Eugene A. Carr and the U.S. Army and Tall Bull and his Cheyenne Dog Soldiers took place near Sterling. The site for the town was platted by railroad surveyor David Leavitt. He named the town Sterling, after his home town of Sterling, Illinois. It was officially incorporated on December 3, 1884.

Sterling and nearby Attractions

  • Summit Springs Battlefield
  • Overland Trail Museum
  • Camp Bright
  • Cheairs Park
  • North Sterling State Park

Things To Do In Sterling

For those interested in the historical and cultural background of the region, a visit to the Summit Springs Battlefield and the Overland Trail Museum may prove interesting. The city has quite a few parks that offer a range of recreational opportunities. One can play any kind of sports or indulge in other physical activities at Columbine Park, Cheairs Park, Overland Trail Park and Pioneer Park. In addition, Sterling hosts the Sugar Beet Days annual festival every September.

Sterling Transportation

Colorado Plains Regional Airport offers air transportation facilities.

Sterling Higher Education

Northeastern Junior College offers opportunities for higher education.


Total Population 14,709
Male Share of the Population 52.6%
Female Share of the Population 47.4%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,426
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 36.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,936
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,132


Median Family Income $43,311
% Above Poverty Level 78.6%
% Below Poverty Level 21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 38.1%
Median Gross Rent $627
Median House Value $96,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 10.8%

Sterling Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 80 miles E of Greeley, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado
County Logan
Standard Zip Codes 80751
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.625
Longitude -103.207

Sterling Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 39 F
Apr Temp 34 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 90 F
Oct Temp 35 to 67 F
Annual Precip 16.2 inches
Station LEROY 5 WSW
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 39 F
Apr Temp 33 to 62 F
Jul Temp 59 to 89 F
Oct Temp 35 to 66 F
Annual Precip 17.6 inches
Station SIDNEY 3 S
Distance 34.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 37 F
Apr Temp 29 to 59 F
Jul Temp 56 to 87 F
Oct Temp 32 to 64 F
Annual Precip 18.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fleming 548 $44,722
Iliff 239 $37,500
Merino 243 $53,333
Peetz 236 $51,250

Sterling Public Libraries

Sterling Public Library
420 N 5TH ST.
Sterling, Colorado
(970) 522-2023
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Sterling Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(970) 521-3100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 5

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