Sterling, Michigan

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Sterling, Michigan

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Sterling strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

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Affordability of Property Taxes
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Top 8% Sterling Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Sterling, Michigan

Comparing Sterling to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 8 9
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Well-Paid Single Men 6 3
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 4
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 8
Average Household Size 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 5
People in Middle Class or Better 4 2
Median Family Income 4 2
College Educated Adults 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 9
Short Commute Times 3 2
Public Transportation Use 1 1
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 10
People Living Alone 5 4
Affordability of Rents 5 7
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 1

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Sterling Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 127 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Arenac
Standard Zip Codes 48659
Phone Area Codes 989
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.033
Longitude -84.022

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 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 28 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.3 inches
Distance 30.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
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Sterling Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 533 100%
Male 254 47.7%
Female 279 52.3%
Under 18 112 21%
18+ 421 79%
65+ 154 28.9%
Median Age 41.1
Average Family Size 2.88
White 520 97.6%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.4%
Other 2 0.4%
Mixed Race 9 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6 1.1%

Estimated Sterling Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 511
Growth -22
Growth % -4.1%

Sterling Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 27.7%
US/American 15.3%
Polish 14.2%
French (except Basque) 11.1%
Irish 9.8%
English 8.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
French Canadian 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Belgian 1%
Scottish 1%
Italian 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
Dutch 0.5%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sterling 533 $36,042
Omer 337 $33,250
Pinconning 1,386 $33,646
Prescott 286 $30,000
Standish 1,581 $31,719
Turner 139 $21,250
Twining 192 $31,875
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