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Overview

Introduction to Sterling, Massachusetts

Sterling, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 12 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts and 36 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Sterling History

Sterling was once a territory of the Nashaway Indians, the most powerful Native American tribe in Massachusetts. The first permanent European settlers in the area resided around the Waushacum lakes during the 1640s, when the area was known as Chocksett. It separated from Lancaster in 1781, and was later renamed Sterling in honor of William Alexander, Lord Sterling, a Scottish Lord who provided support to the colonists during the Revolutionary War.

Sterling and nearby Attractions

  • Danforth Museum of Art
  • Salisbury Mansion
  • Ashland State Park
  • Southwick's Zoo
  • Mulligan's Miniature Golf

Things To Do In Sterling

The Museum of Russian Icons, the Worcester Art Museum, and the National Plastics Center and Museum are some of the local museums. Local parks and recreational areas include Doyle Field, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens and Green Hill Park. Southwick’s Zoo is nearby as well, while local golfers can enjoy a round at the Sterling National Golf Course.

Sterling Transportation

Air transportation is available from Logan International Airport.

Sterling Higher Education

Quinsigamond Community College, Fitchburg State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State College are some of the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 7,896
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,956
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 59.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.6%
Median Earnings25+ $55,498
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,591

Wealth

Median Family Income $117,975
% Above Poverty Level 95.1%
% Below Poverty Level 4.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,169
Median House Value $331,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.8%
US/American 1.5%
English 13.7%
Irish 28%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sterling Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01564
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.437
Longitude -71.761

Sterling Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CLINTON
Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 55 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Station WORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 58 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sterling, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sterling Junction (01564)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boylston 4,432 $118,000
Clinton 7,386 $73,159
Lancaster 8,048 $99,207
Leominster 41,176 $74,560
Princeton 3,456 $127,043
West Boylston 7,834 $85,393

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sterling Public Libraries

Library
Conant Free Public Library
4 MEETINGHOUSE HILL RD.
Sterling, Massachusetts
(978) 422-6409
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