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Overview

Introduction to Sterling, Colorado

Sterling, Colorado, in Logan county, is 80 miles E of Greeley, Colorado and 106 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,976
Male Share of the Population54.2%
Female Share of the Population45.8%
Senior Citizens16.1%
Employed Population 16+6,431
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married38%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.5%
Median Earnings25+$32,250
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,037
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,503

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,222
% Above Poverty Level79.6%
% Below Poverty Level20.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone42%
Median Gross Rent$702
Median House Value$107,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31%
Irish11.9%
English6.5%
Italian3.9%
French Except Basque2%
Scottish1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Russian1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Polish1.1%
Welsh0.9%
Danishn0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Canadian0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
African0.3%
Czech0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Greek0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
German0.1%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
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Sterling Almanac

CategoryValue
County Logan County
Standard Zip Codes80751
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude40.62
Approximate Longitude-103.19

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)

StationSTERLING
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 39 F
Apr Temp34 to 63 F
Jul Temp60 to 90 F
Oct Temp35 to 67 F
Annual Precip16.2 inches
StationLEROY 5 WSW
Distance14.6 miles
Jan Temp13 to 39 F
Apr Temp33 to 62 F
Jul Temp59 to 89 F
Oct Temp35 to 66 F
Annual Precip17.6 inches
StationSIDNEY 3 S
Distance34.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 37 F
Apr Temp29 to 59 F
Jul Temp56 to 87 F
Oct Temp32 to 64 F
Annual Precip18.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fleming625$53,929
Iliff193$42,917
Merino263$0
Peetz208$47,188

Sterling Public Libraries

Sterling Public Library
420 NORTH FIFTH STREET
Sterling, Colorado
(970) 522-2023

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Sterling Hospitals

Sterling Regional Medcenter
(Non-profit)
615 Fairhurst St
(970) 522-0122

Sterling Public Schools

Ayres Elementary School
1812 Robin Road
ZIP: 80751
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Campbell Elementary School
902 Clark
ZIP: 80751
Primary
Total Enrollment 412
Hagen Early Education Center
301 Hagen Street
ZIP: 80751
Primary
Total Enrollment 158
Sterling High School
407 West Broadway
ZIP: 80751
High
Total Enrollment 544
Sterling Middle School
1177 Pawnee Street
ZIP: 80751
Middle
Total Enrollment 422

Sterling Private Schools

St Anthony Elementary School
324 S 3rd St
ZIP: 80751
Elementary
Total Enrollment 142
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