Sterling, Alaska Population 2022

5,978
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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.

Sterling Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sterlingwas:

  • White: 87.83%
  • Two or more races: 6.00%
  • Native American: 2.70%
  • Asian: 2.43%
  • Other race: 1.05%
  • Black or African American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sterling, Alaska is 5,978 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 5,918.

Sterling, Alaska Population 2022

Population by Race

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Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid 2022

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Sterling Median Age

48.3


Total

48.8


Male

46.3


Female

Sterling Adults

There are 4,077 adults, (1,146 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

39.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female

2,384

46.29%

Male

2,766

53.71%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sterling Household Types

88.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sterling Households and Families

3.04

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

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Sterling Households by Type

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Sterling Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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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%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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$59,809

Average Earnings

$79,840

Average Male

$28,720

Average Female

Sterling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Language by Age

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Sterling Language

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.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

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9.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.94%

Male Poverty Rate

9.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

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%.

Sterling Poverty

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Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

58.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

58.6%

Male Marriage Rate

58.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Married by Age and Sex

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Sterling Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Sterling Marital Status by Race

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Sterling Marital Status

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534

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Sterling Veterans by War

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Sterling Veterans by Age

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Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

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13.30%

Veteran Poverty Rate

51.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

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57.5%

Labor Force Participation

50.4%

Employment Rate

12.5%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Employment by Age

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Sterling Employment by Race

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Sterling Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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32.45%

Born in Sterling

97.71%

Native Born

2.29%

Foreign Born

1.61%

Non Citizen

0.68%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

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.

Sterling Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Sterling Population by Year