Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2020

133,370

Sterling Heights is a city located in Michigan. With a 2020 population of 133,370, it is the 4th largest city in Michigan (after Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Warren) and the 208th largest city in the United States. Sterling Heights is currently growing at a rate of 0.15% annually and its population has increased by 2.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 129,699 in 2010. Spanning over 37 miles, Sterling Heights has a population density of 3,661 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sterling Heights is $78,033 with a poverty rate of 11.17%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,000 per month, and the median house value is $175,400. The median age in Sterling Heights is 40.6 years, 38.2 years for males, and 42.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.4 males.

Sterling Heights Demographics

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

  • White: 83.45%
  • Asian: 7.53%
  • Black or African American: 5.87%
  • Two or more races: 2.13%
  • Other race: 0.77%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sterling Heights, Michigan is 133,370, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 132,964.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 129,699.

Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White110,54083.45%
Asian9,9817.53%
Black or African American7,7735.87%
Two or More Races2,8172.13%
Some Other Race1,0170.77%
American Indian and Alaska Native3420.26%

Sterling Heights Population Pyramid 2020

Sterling Heights Median Age

40.6


Total

38.2


Male

42.8


Female

Sterling Heights Adults

There are 105,668 adults, (23,413 of whom are seniors) in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Age Dependency

61

Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Heights Sex Ratio

Female

67,444

50.91%

Male

65,026

49.09%

Sterling Heights Households and Families

Sterling Heights Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Sterling Heights Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.9%18.1%
Male73.2%26.8%
All71.8%28.2%
Female62.5%37.5%
Non Family57.3%42.7%

71.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,0232.6371.8
Married26,8923.3281.9
Non Family15,4861.257.3
Female5,3603.0562.5
Male2,2853.273.2

3.23

Average Family Size

2.63

Average Household Size

4.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Sterling Heights Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,4226.87%
9th to 12th Grade6,1106.54%
High School Graduate26,27228.12%
Some College19,36620.73%
Associates Degree8,7999.42%
Bachelors Degree17,18418.39%
Graduate Degree9,2699.92%

Sterling Heights Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White78,62267,83520,342
Asian6,8726,1554,134
Black4,8714,4541,168
Hispanic1,8361,510486
Multiple Races1,035802281
Other Race533433180
Native American25913817

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 91.44%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.16%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,444$48,655$31,298
Less Than High School$22,466$27,601$15,726
High School Grad$30,443$36,180$24,677
Some College$39,563$51,655$30,682
Bachelors Degree$53,529$62,090$43,701
Graduate Degree$73,893$81,074$61,587

$39,444

Average Earnings

$48,655

Average Male

$31,298

Average Female

Sterling Heights Language

Sterling Heights Language by Age

Sterling Heights Language

66.65% of Sterling Heights residents speak only English, while 33.35% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 18.03% of the population.

Sterling Heights Poverty

Sterling Heights Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White107,47511,99111.16%
Black7,7101,16815.15%
Asian9,9819499.51%
Hispanic3,4432968.60%
Multiple2,8172177.70%
Native34219356.43%
Other1,013292.86%

11.17%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.25%

Male Poverty Rate

12.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling Heights

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Native, with 56.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Other, with 2.86% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.14%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.44%
High School9.05%
Some College7.57%
Bachelors or Greater5.35%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed25.08%
Female Unemployed23.52%
Female Employed6.23%
Male Employed5.27%

Sterling Heights Income

Sterling Heights Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$63,126$78,033
Families$73,156$88,516
Married Families$81,773$96,945
Non Families$41,645$52,242

Sterling Heights Marital Status

Sterling Heights Marital Status

Marriage Rates

53.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.3%

Male Marriage Rate

51.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Heights Married by Age and Sex

Sterling Heights Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Sterling Heights Marital Status by Race

Sterling Heights Veterans

7,045

Number of Veterans

6,702

Male Veterans

343

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,355
First Gulf War1,070
Second Gulf War1,018
Korea883
World War II444
Age Group Veterans
75+2,134
65 to 741,746
35 to 541,614
55 to 641,002
18 to 34549
Name Veterans % of Total
White6,4847.23%
Black3466.05%
Hispanic1516.37%
Other12517.93%
Asian610.78%
2 or More161.09%
Indian134.08%

$Sterling Heights Veterans by Education

5.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Heights Employment Status

62.3%

Labor Force Participation

59.8%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Heights 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

64.55%

Born in Michigan

72.96%

Native Born

27.04%

Foreign Born

9.68%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

72.96% of Sterling Heights residents were born in the United States, with 64.55% having been born in Michigan. 9.68% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020133,3702030.15%
2019133,1672030.15%
2018132,9642330.18%
2017132,7312030.15%
2016132,5284770.36%
2015132,051-97-0.07%
2014132,1486200.47%
2013131,5288570.66%
2012130,6716400.49%
2011130,0313220.25%
2010129,7095,2380.41%
2000124,4716,6610.55%
1990117,8108,8110.78%
1980108,99947,6345.91%
197061,36556,36528.50%
19605,0004,60013.46%
19404000.00%