dcsimg

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,954
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+4,111
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married62.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.9%
Median Earnings25+$63,963
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$35,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree$46,852

Wealth

Median Family Income$131,713
% Above Poverty Level94.5%
% Below Poverty Level5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone18.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,181
Median House Value$340,600

Ancestry

Irish29.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.8%
English14.5%
German9.7%
Italian9.7%
French Except Basque8.8%
Polish8.4%
Canadian8.4%
Scottish6.4%
Swedish6.3%
Russian5.2%
Finnish1.2%
Lithuanian0.9%
Dutch0.9%
US/American0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Czech0.6%
Greek0.3%
Icelander0.3%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
African0.2%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Norwegian0.1%
+ Show More

Sterling Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1564
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.43
Approximate Longitude-71.75

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)

StationCLINTON
Distance4.7 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 55 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches
StationWORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 54 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 58 F
Annual Precip49 inches
StationBARRE FALLS DAM
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Boylston4,480$111,622
Clinton7,232$66,071
Lancaster8,092$103,656
Leominster41,304$71,991
Princeton3,451$133,967
West Boylston7,844$92,083

Sterling Public Libraries

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

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

Sterling Public Schools

Houghton Elementary
32 Boutelle Rd
(978) 422-2333
Primary
Total Enrollment 496
Chocksett Middle School
40 Boutelle Rd
(978) 422-6552
Middle
Total Enrollment 421
Sources :
Study Online in Sterling
Additional Resources
Info for Sterling Government Officials


Are you an official in the Sterling government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top