Sterling, Colorado Population 2021

14,631
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Sterling is a city located in Logan County Colorado. It is also the county seat of Logan County. With a 2020 population of 14,631, it is the 39th largest city in Colorado and the 2358th largest city in the United States . Sterling is currently growing at a rate of 0.47% annually but its population has decreased by -0.99% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,777 in 2010. Sterling reached it's highest population of 14,825 in 2010. Spanning over 7 miles, Sterling has a population density of 1,969 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sterling is $55,314 with a poverty rate of 14.81%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $786 per month, and the median house value is $136,800. The median age in Sterling is 34.6 years, 34.1 years for males, and 35.2 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 89.25%
  • Two or more races: 5.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.45%
  • Black or African American: 1.28%
  • Native American: 1.10%
  • Asian: 1.07%
  • Other race: 0.64%
The current population of Sterling, Colorado is 14,631 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 14,427.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,777.

Sterling, Colorado Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202122,6911410.62%
202022,5501410.63%
201922,4091410.63%
201822,268-49-0.22%
201722,317-118-0.53%
201622,435-37-0.16%
201522,472320.14%
201422,4402661.19%
201322,174-182-0.82%
201222,356-221-0.99%
201122,577-173-0.77%
201022,7500.00%

Sterling Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White12,92189.25%
Two or More Races7555.21%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2101.45%
Black or African American1861.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native1591.10%
Asian1551.07%
Some Other Race920.64%
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Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid $2021

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Sterling Median Age

34.6


Total

34.1


Male

35.2


Female

Sterling Adults

There are 11,526 adults, (2,408 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

58.8

Age Dependency Ratio

26.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female

6,665

46.04%

Male

7,813

53.96%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sterling Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.1%23.9%
All52.6%47.4%
Female47.5%52.5%
Male42.1%57.9%
Non Family34.4%65.6%

52.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sterling Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All5,2812.5652.6
Non Family2,4551.2634.4
Married2,1253.5676.1
Female4234.0847.5
Male2784.1642.1

3.59

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

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Sterling Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4755.06%
9th to 12th Grade7638.13%
High School Graduate3,26034.75%
Some College2,01221.45%
Associates Degree1,05711.27%
Bachelors Degree1,27013.54%
Graduate Degree5435.79%
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Sterling Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White7,3136,6381,587
Hispanic1,464999137
Native American15915924
2+ Races15715745
Islander12486
Asian974820
Other Race92929
Black6352

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 2+ races people with a rate of 28.66%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,479$40,131$21,625
Less Than 9th Grade$21,775$33,125$16,172
High School Graduate$28,150$31,257$13,833
Some College$36,092$46,731$20,986
Bachelors Degree$43,732$51,000$42,737
Graduate Degree$42,872$42,739$43,102

$32,479

Average Earnings

$40,131

Average Male

$21,625

Average Female

Sterling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Language by Age

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Sterling Language

88.24% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 11.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.04% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White9,6921,08611.21%
Hispanic2,65448518.27%
Multiple70943761.64%
Other926873.91%
Black683145.59%
Native15974.40%

14.81%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.88%

Male Poverty Rate

15.83%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Other, with 73.91% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Native, with 4.40% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.08%.

Sterling Poverty

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Name Poverty
High School16.18%
Less Than 9th Grade14.86%
Some College10.36%
Bachelors or Greater7.13%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed66.34%
Female Unemployed36.96%
Female Employed11.14%
Male Employed3.90%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,647$55,314
Families$59,609$66,787
Married Families$65,191-
Non Families$30,965$40,259
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Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.6%

Male Marriage Rate

40.7%

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 Over 65, 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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1,217

Number of Veterans

1,136

Male Veterans

81

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam433
First Gulf War319
Second Gulf War275
Korea76
World War II42

Sterling Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54357
65 to 74346
18 to 34212
75+158
55 to 64144

Sterling Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,10510.37%
Hispanic25611.47%
2+ Races4521.13%
Native American3119.50%
Asian2019.42%
Black116.08%
Other Race55.43%

Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

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10.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.20%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

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63.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.8%

Employment Rate

3.7%

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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56.29%

Born in Sterling

95.61%

Native Born

4.39%

Foreign Born

3.59%

Non Citizen

0.79%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.61% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 56.29% having been born in Colorado. 3.59% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Sterling Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202114,631680.47%
202014,563680.47%
201914,495680.47%
201814,427-19-0.13%
201714,446-81-0.56%
201614,527-21-0.14%
201514,548-7-0.05%
201414,5552081.45%
201314,347-134-0.93%
201214,481-210-1.43%
201114,691-134-0.90%
201014,8253,4652.70%
200011,3609980.92%
199010,362-1,023-0.94%
198011,3857490.68%
197010,636-115-0.11%
196010,7513,2173.62%
19507,5341230.16%
19407,4112160.30%
19307,1957801.15%
19206,4153,3717.74%
19103,0440.00%

Sterling Population by Year