Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2022

131,577
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Sterling Heights is a city located in Macomb County Michigan. Sterling Heights has a 2020 population of 131,577. Sterling Heights is currently declining at a rate of -0.22% annually but its population has increased by 1.44% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 129,709 in 2010.

The average household income in Sterling Heights is $79,647 with a poverty rate of 9.73%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,051 per month, and the median house value is $198,300. The median age in Sterling Heights is 40.6 years, 38.4 years for males, and 42.5 years for females.

Sterling Heights Demographics

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

  • White: 82.97%
  • Asian: 7.62%
  • Black or African American: 5.89%
  • Two or more races: 2.42%
  • Other race: 0.82%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sterling Heights, Michigan is 131,577 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 131,577.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 129,709.

Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White109,76382.97%
Black or African American7,7965.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native3650.28%
Asian10,0827.62%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander10.00%
Some Other Race1,0870.82%
Two or More Races3,2022.42%
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Sterling Heights Population by Race

Sterling Heights Population Pyramid 2022

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Sterling Heights Median Age

40.7


Total

38.8


Male

42.2


Female

Sterling Heights Adults

There are 106,149 adults, (22,947 of whom are seniors) in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

27.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Heights Sex Ratio

Female

67,799

51.25%

Male

64,497

48.75%

Sterling Heights Population by Age

Sterling Heights Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sterling Heights Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.4%15.6%
All74.4%25.6%
Male74.3%25.7%
Female70.5%29.5%
Non Family59%41%

74.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sterling Heights Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,5162.674.4
Married26,7003.3384.4
Male2,5803.0374.3
Female5,1763.0670.5
Non Family16,0601.1659

3.22

Average Family Size

2.6

Average Household Size

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Sterling Heights Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,2696.65%
9th to 12th Grade5,6145.95%
High School Graduate26,24527.84%
Some College18,84619.99%
Associates Degree9,0029.55%
Bachelors Degree18,92520.07%
Graduate Degree9,3779.95%
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Sterling Heights Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sterling Heights Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian6,9696,1694,358
Other Race546478267
2+ Races1,5221,233653
Hispanic1,8761,563783
White78,80568,67621,505
Black5,1394,8221,230
Native American27417235
Islander11

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 62.53%.

Sterling Heights Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,685$50,666$31,567
Less Than 9th Grade$23,689$26,994$15,783
High School Graduate$30,695$40,839$21,731
Some College$40,414$51,507$30,040
Bachelors Degree$54,146$64,608$42,846
Graduate Degree$69,179$84,551$58,101

$40,685

Average Earnings

$50,666

Average Male

$31,567

Average Female

Sterling Heights Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Heights Language by Age

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Sterling Heights Language

65.94% of Sterling Heights residents speak only English, while 34.06% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 18.75% of the population.

Sterling Heights Language

Sterling Heights Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native36518951.78%
Hispanic3,33140012.01%
Black7,72792712.00%
White107,00910,4329.75%
Asian10,0756876.82%
Other125NaN%
Multiple3,1822347.35%

9.73%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.33%

Male Poverty Rate

11.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling Heights

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Native, with 51.78% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Multiple, with 7.35% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.30%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.15%.

Sterling Heights Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.84%
High School9.65%
Some College7.10%
Bachelors or Greater3.88%

Sterling Heights Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed4.63%
Male Unemployed19.46%
Female Employed5.38%
Female Unemployed14.89%

Sterling Heights Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Heights Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$66,346$80,926
Families$78,458$92,546
Married Families$86,580$100,609
Non Families$42,081$52,917
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Income by Household Type

Sterling Heights Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

52.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.2%

Male Marriage Rate

50.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Heights Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Sterling Heights Marital Status

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5,893

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War779
First Gulf War770
Vietnam2,093
Korea661
World War II412

Sterling Heights Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34383
35 to 541,166
55 to 64747
65 to 741,587
75+2,010

Sterling Heights Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,4526.11%
Black2824.71%
Native American92.56%
Asian650.83%
Islander1100.00%
Other Race435.93%
2+ Races412.12%
Hispanic1034.36%

Sterling Heights Veterans by Race

Sterling Heights Veterans by Education

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3.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Heights Veterans by Education

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62.8%

Labor Force Participation

59.6%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Heights Employment by Age

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Sterling Heights Employment by Race

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Sterling Heights 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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63.81%

Born in Sterling Heights

72.74%

Native Born

27.26%

Foreign Born

8.16%

Non Citizen

19.10%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

72.74% of Sterling Heights residents were born in the United States, with 63.81% having been born in Michigan. 8.16% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19404000.00%
19605,0004,60013.46%
197061,36556,36528.50%
1980108,99947,6345.91%
1990117,8108,8110.78%
2000124,4716,6610.55%
2010129,7095,2380.41%
2011130,0423330.26%
2012130,6726300.48%
2013131,5218490.65%
2014132,1366150.47%
2015132,041-95-0.07%
2016132,5224810.36%
2017132,6811590.12%
2018132,725440.03%
2019132,438-287-0.22%
2020132,151-287-0.22%
2021131,864-287-0.22%
2022131,577-287-0.22%

Sterling Heights Population by Year