Sterling, Colorado Population 2020

13,526

Sterling is a city located in Colorado. With a 2020 population of 13,526, it is the 42nd largest city in Colorado and the 2475th largest city in the United States. Sterling is currently declining at a rate of -0.38% annually and its population has decreased by -8.47% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,777 in 2010. Sterling reached it's highest population of 14,095 in 2010. Spanning over 7 miles, Sterling has a population density of 1,820 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sterling is $51,038 with a poverty rate of 18.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $741 per month, and the median house value is $129,900. The median age in Sterling is 35.2 years, 35.1 years for males, and 35.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 114.9 males.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 90.08%
  • Two or more races: 6.25%
  • Black or African American: 1.28%
  • Asian: 1.05%
  • Other race: 0.91%
  • Native American: 0.44%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sterling, Colorado is 13,526, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 13,630.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,777.

Sterling, Colorado Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202021,254-137-0.64%
201921,391-137-0.64%
201821,528-137-0.64%
201721,665-68-0.31%
201621,733-38-0.17%
201521,771230.11%
201421,7482791.28%
201321,469-192-0.89%
201221,661-208-0.96%
201121,869-164-0.75%
201022,0330.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White12,40890.08%
Two or More Races8616.25%
Black or African American1761.28%
Asian1441.05%
Some Other Race1260.91%
American Indian and Alaska Native600.44%

Sterling Population Pyramid 2020

Sterling Median Age

35.2


Total

35.1


Male

35.2


Female

Sterling Adults

There are 10,805 adults, (2,257 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

61.1

Age Dependency Ratio

26.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female

6,410

46.53%

Male

7,365

53.47%

Sterling Households and Families

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Sterling Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.9%23.1%
All48.1%51.9%
Male42.9%57.1%
Non Family30.8%69.2%
Female29.8%70.2%

48.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All5,2052.4748.1
Non Family2,5351.2430.8
Married1,9113.5476.9
Female5633.7329.8
Male1964.1642.9

3.51

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

3.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Sterling Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4815.35%
9th to 12th Grade6767.52%
High School Graduate3,11634.64%
Some College1,87320.82%
Associates Degree97810.87%
Bachelors Degree1,28414.27%
Graduate Degree5876.53%

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White7,2016,5211,527
Hispanic1,4351,017266
Multiple Races17217253
Other Race12612613
Black6843
Asian622810
Native American606015

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 multiple races people with a rate of 30.81%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,584$38,887$20,723
Less Than High School$21,512$29,783$15,082
High School Grad$25,561$28,527$12,201
Some College$32,888$42,038$20,841
Bachelors Degree$50,046$52,739$39,103
Graduate Degree$43,559$42,050$43,992

$30,584

Average Earnings

$38,887

Average Male

$20,723

Average Female

Sterling Language

Sterling Language by Age

Sterling Language

91.98% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 8.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.21% of the population.

Sterling Poverty

Sterling Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White9,6021,39214.50%
Multiple80850061.88%
Hispanic2,23743719.54%
Other1268668.25%
Black733345.21%
Native601016.67%

18.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.18%

Male Poverty Rate

19.54%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Other, with 68.25% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is White, with 14.50% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.74%.

Name Poverty
High School19.41%
Less Than High School18.08%
Some College15.15%
Bachelors or Greater8.33%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed58.22%
Female Employed12.13%
Female Unemployed5.88%
Male Employed4.77%

Sterling Income

Sterling Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,220$51,038
Families$49,127$59,716
Married Families$58,843-
Non Families$30,587$40,164

Sterling Marital Status

Sterling Marital Status

Marriage Rates

39.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.2%

Male Marriage Rate

38.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Married by Age and Sex

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

Sterling Veterans

1,080

Number of Veterans

1,023

Male Veterans

57

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam463
First Gulf War245
Second Gulf War204
Korea90
World War II46
Name Veterans % of Total
White9749.61%
Hispanic21511.73%
2 or More5322.27%
Indian2541.67%
Asian1420.00%
Black95.11%
Other53.97%

$Sterling Veterans by Education

15.14%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Employment Status

62.9%

Labor Force Participation

59.7%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

53.49%

Born in Colorado

96.10%

Native Born

3.90%

Foreign Born

3.38%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.10% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 53.49% having been born in Colorado. 3.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202013,526-52-0.38%
201913,578-52-0.38%
201813,630-116-0.84%
201713,746-52-0.38%
201613,798-26-0.19%
201513,824-16-0.12%
201413,8402181.60%
201313,622-145-1.05%
201213,767-201-1.44%
201113,968-127-0.90%
201014,0952,7352.18%
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%