Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2023

131,523

Sterling Heights is a city located in Macomb County Michigan. Sterling Heights has a 2023 population of 131,523. Sterling Heights is currently declining at a rate of -0.66% annually and its population has decreased by -1.96% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 134,151 in 2020.

The average household income in Sterling Heights is $86,064 with a poverty rate of 9.8%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Sterling Heights is 41.3 years, 39.7 years for males, and 42.6 years for females.

Sterling Heights Demographics

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

  • White: 82.24%
  • Asian: 7.68%
  • Black or African American: 5.97%
  • Two or more races: 3.06%
  • Other race: 0.88%
  • Native American: 0.17%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
Land Area (mi²)
36.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
3,609.90/sq mi
Growth Rate
-0.66% (-870)
Growth Since 2020
-1.96% (-2,628)
The current population of Sterling Heights, Michigan is 131,523 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 134,151.

Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2023

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White110,24882.24%
Asian10,2957.68%
Black or African American8,0045.97%
Two or more races4,1003.06%
Other race1,1760.88%
Native American2280.17%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander110.01%
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White

Asian

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Sterling Heights Population by Race

Sterling Heights Population Pyramid 2023

Sterling Heights Median Age

41.3

Total

39.7

Male

42.6

Female

Sterling Heights Adults

There are 107,707 adults, (23,825 of whom are seniors) in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Age Dependency

59.8

Age Dependency Ratio

28.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Heights Sex Ratio

Female68,31950.96%
Male65,74349.04%

Sterling Heights Population by Age

Sterling Heights Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All51,1292.6175.424.6
Married26,8913.3385.314.7
Non Family16,0981.1761.238.8
Female5,3113.0566.433.6
Male2,8293.0878.821.2
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3.21

Average Family Size

2.61

Average Household Size

75.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sterling Heights 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 Heights Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sterling Heights Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 51.39%.

Sterling Heights Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$42,517

Average Earnings

$52,936

Average Male

$33,060

Average Female

Sterling Heights Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Heights Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Sterling Heights Language

65.36% of Sterling Heights residents speak only English, while 34.64% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 19.64% of the population.

Sterling Heights Language

Sterling Heights Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White107,79310,7719.99%
Black7,92591511.55%
Asian10,2885495.34%
Hispanic3,32143213.01%
Multiple4,0783869.47%
Other1,1691099.32%
Native2287934.65%
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9.8%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.59%

Male Poverty Rate

10.97%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling Heights

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Native, with 34.65% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Asian, with 5.34% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.24%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.89%.

Sterling Heights Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.65%
High School10.32%
Some College6.5%
Bachelors or Greater3.55%
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Sterling Heights Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed14.46%
Female Unemployed12.33%
Female Employed5.78%
Male Employed4.7%
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Sterling Heights Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Heights Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sterling Heights Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

52.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.3%

Male Marriage Rate

50.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Heights Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Sterling Heights 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 35-44.

Sterling Heights Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sterling Heights Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

5,455

Number of Veterans

5,227

Male Veterans

228

Female Veterans

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Sterling Heights Veterans by War

count

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Sterling Heights Veterans by Age

count

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Sterling Heights Veterans by Race

Sterling Heights Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Heights Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

62.8%

Labor Force Participation

59%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Heights Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Sterling Heights Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Sterling Heights 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

63.09%

Born in Sterling Heights

72.34%

Native Born

28.35%

Foreign Born

8.26%

Non Citizen

20.08%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

72.34% of Sterling Heights residents were born in the United States, with 63.09% having been born in Michigan. 8.26% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Sterling Heights Place of Birth

Note: data after 2021 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
1940400-126,0196.68%
19605,0004,60013.46%
197061,36556,36528.5%
1980108,99947,6345.91%
1990117,8108,8110.78%
2000124,4716,6610.55%
2010129,699
2011130,1644650.36%
2012130,6294650.36%
2013131,0944650.36%
2014131,5594650.35%
2015132,0244650.35%
2016132,4894650.35%
2017132,9544650.35%
2018133,4194650.35%
2019133,8844650.35%
2020134,1512670.2%
2021133,269-882-0.66%
2022132,393-876-0.66%
2023131,523-870-0.66%
2024130,658-865-0.66%
2025129,799-859-0.66%
2026128,946-853-0.66%
2027128,098-848-0.66%
2028127,256-842-0.66%
2029126,419-837-0.66%
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Sterling Heights Population by Year