Sterling is a city located in Kenai Peninsula County Alaska. With a 2020 population of 5,978, it is the 17th largest city in Alaska and the 5909th largest city in the United States. Sterling is currently growing at a rate of 0.50% annually and its population has increased by 1.01% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,918 in 2020. Spanning over 80 miles, Sterling has a population density of 77 people per square mile.
The average household income in Sterling is $101,862 with a poverty rate of 9.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $991 per month, and the median house value is $301,900. The median age in Sterling is 45.8 years, 50.2 years for males, and 43.1 years for females.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sterlingwas:
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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 25.83%.
94.75% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 5.25% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.54% of the population.
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The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is White, with 9.40% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Multiple, with 15.13% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.00%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.33%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.05%.
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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
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97.71% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 32.45% having been born in Alaska. 1.61% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.