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.

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
Clinton7,150$64,851
Leominster41,446$71,047

Sterling Public Libraries

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

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Sterling Public Schools

Chocksett Middle School
40 Boutelle Road
ZIP: 1564
(978) 422-6552
Middle
Total Enrollment 410
Houghton Elementary
32 Boutelle Road
ZIP: 1564
(978) 422-2333
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
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