Sterling, Alaska Population 2024

6,307

Sterling is a city located in Kenai Peninsula County Alaska. Sterling has a 2024 population of 6,307. Sterling is currently declining at a rate of annually and its population has increased by 22.47% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,150 in 2020.

The average household income in Sterling is $141,993 with a poverty rate of 9.86%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Sterling is 47.6 years, 48.8 years for males, and 46.1 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sterling was:

  • White: 89.96%
  • Two or more races: 5.34%
  • Native American: 3.3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Other race: 0.4%
  • Black or African American:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
State
Alaska
Land Area (mi²)
77.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
81.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
22.47% (1,157)
The current population of Sterling, Alaska is 6,307 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 5,150.

Sterling, Alaska Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White5,67489.96%
Two or more races3375.34%
Native American2083.3%
Asian631%
Other race250.4%
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Other race

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid 2024

Sterling Median Age

47.6

Total

48.8

Male

46.1

Female

Sterling Adults

There are 5,138 adults, (1,426 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

69.9

Age Dependency Ratio

38.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female2,97847.22%
Male3,32952.78%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,6222.487.512.5
Married1,3823.0790.99.1
Non Family1,0351.1783.416.6
Female1454.668020
Male602.61000
showing: 5 rows

3.12

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

87.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sterling Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Sterling Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 30.03%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$66,692

Average Earnings

$88,206

Average Male

$39,665

Average Female

Sterling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Sterling Language

96.08% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 3.92% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.63% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White5,6655619.9%
Multiple3374814.24%
Hispanic1252923.2%
Native197115.58%
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9.86%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.63%

Male Poverty Rate

8.99%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Hispanic, with 23.2% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Native, with 5.58% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was . Among those working part-time, it was 6.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.08%.

Sterling Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade37.37%
High School10.57%
Some College4.92%
Bachelors or Greater2.01%
showing: 4 rows

Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed36.99%
Female Employed2.15%
Male Employed1.67%
Male Unemployed
showing: 4 rows

Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

53.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.9%

Male Marriage Rate

54.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Sterling Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Sterling Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sterling Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

636

Number of Veterans

615

Male Veterans

21

Female Veterans

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Sterling Veterans by War

count

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Sterling Veterans by Age

count

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Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

43.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

58.6%

Labor Force Participation

52.4%

Employment Rate

10.5%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Sterling Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Sterling Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

31.33%

Born in Sterling

96.05%

Native Born

3.95%

Foreign Born

2.2%

Non Citizen

1.74%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.05% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 31.33% having been born in Alaska. 2.2% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Sterling Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20246,307
20236,307
20226,3072914.84%
20216,01686616.82%
20205,150-19-0.37%
20195,169-152-2.86%
20185,321-66-1.23%
20175,387-274-4.84%
20165,661-393-6.49%
20156,0543065.32%
20145,7485179.88%
20135,231-188-3.47%
20125,419-57-1.04%
20115,476-141-2.51%
20105,617
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Sterling Population by Year