Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2021

131,864
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Sterling Heights is a city located in Macomb County Michigan. With a 2020 population of 131,864, it is the 4th largest city in Michigan (after Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Warren) and the 211th largest city in the United States . Sterling Heights is currently declining at a rate of -0.22% annually but its population has increased by 1.67% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 129,699 in 2010. Sterling Heights reached it's highest population of 132,725 in 2018. Spanning over 37 miles, Sterling Heights has a population density of 3,619 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sterling Heights is $79,647 with a poverty rate of 11.02%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,025 per month, and the median house value is $187,600. 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 Heights was:

  • White: 83.28%
  • Asian: 7.69%
  • Black or African American: 5.93%
  • Two or more races: 2.15%
  • Other race: 0.67%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sterling Heights, Michigan is 131,864 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 132,725.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 129,699.

Sterling Heights, Michigan Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White110,32683.28%
Asian10,1817.69%
Black or African American7,8555.93%
Two or More Races2,8492.15%
Some Other Race8880.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native3770.28%
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Sterling Heights Population by Race

Sterling Heights Population Pyramid $2021

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Sterling Heights Median Age

40.6


Total

38.4


Male

42.5


Female

Sterling Heights Adults

There are 105,703 adults, (23,885 of whom are seniors) in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Age Dependency

61.9

Age Dependency Ratio

29.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Heights Sex Ratio

Female

67,614

51.04%

Male

64,862

48.96%

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
Married82.6%17.4%
Male75.3%24.7%
All73%27%
Female66.3%33.7%
Non Family58%42%

73.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sterling Heights Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,0822.6373
Married26,7713.3282.6
Non Family15,4731.1958
Female5,1943.0766.3
Male2,6443.2175.3

3.22

Average Family Size

2.63

Average Household Size

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Sterling Heights Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,6757.10%
9th to 12th Grade6,1986.59%
High School Graduate26,49428.19%
Some College18,87420.08%
Associates Degree9,0209.60%
Bachelors Degree17,52918.65%
Graduate Degree9,2049.79%
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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
White79,01267,95020,526
Asian6,9116,0944,003
Black5,0814,6711,426
Hispanic1,6441,373386
2+ Races1,095838357
Other Race421357128
Native American27016028

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 91.93%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 57.92%.

Sterling Heights Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,341$50,199$31,370
Less Than 9th Grade$22,243$26,455$15,478
High School Graduate$30,449$39,050$22,998
Some College$39,847$51,894$30,425
Bachelors Degree$55,599$64,088$47,304
Graduate Degree$74,750$86,136$58,796

$40,341

Average Earnings

$50,199

Average Male

$31,370

Average Female

Sterling Heights Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Heights Language by Age

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Sterling Heights Language

66.96% of Sterling Heights residents speak only English, while 33.04% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 18.33% of the population.

Sterling Heights Language

Sterling Heights Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White107,47812,00211.17%
Black7,77694912.20%
Asian10,1759429.26%
Hispanic2,97529810.02%
Native37720554.38%
Multiple2,8401736.09%
Other884283.17%

11.02%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.05%

Male Poverty Rate

11.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling Heights

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Native, with 54.38% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling Heights is Other, with 3.17% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.66%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.87%.

Sterling Heights Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.73%
High School10.12%
Some College7.84%
Bachelors or Greater4.71%

Sterling Heights Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed19.44%
Male Unemployed19.21%
Female Employed6.06%
Male Employed5.60%

Sterling Heights Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Heights Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$64,833$79,647
Families$75,596$89,902
Married Families$85,002$98,483
Non Families$41,723$53,835
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Income by Household Type

Sterling Heights Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

53.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.3%

Male Marriage Rate

51.7%

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 45-54.

Sterling Heights Marital Status by Race

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Sterling Heights Marital Status

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6,697

Number of Veterans

6,448

Male Veterans

249

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,527
First Gulf War914
Second Gulf War861
Korea776
World War II406

Sterling Heights Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+2,047
65 to 741,997
35 to 541,388
55 to 64852
18 to 34413

Sterling Heights Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,2476.98%
Black2514.21%
Hispanic1075.03%
Asian1011.30%
Other Race467.54%
2+ Races412.72%
Native American113.07%

Sterling Heights Veterans by Race

Sterling Heights Veterans by Education

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4.92%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.48%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Heights Veterans by Education

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62.1%

Labor Force Participation

59.6%

Employment Rate

4.1%

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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64.55%

Born in Sterling Heights

72.91%

Native Born

27.09%

Foreign Born

9.11%

Non Citizen

17.98%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

72.91% of Sterling Heights residents were born in the United States, with 64.55% having been born in Michigan. 9.11% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021131,864-287-0.22%
2020132,151-287-0.22%
2019132,438-287-0.22%
2018132,725440.03%
2017132,6811590.12%
2016132,5224810.36%
2015132,041-95-0.07%
2014132,1366150.47%
2013131,5218490.65%
2012130,6726300.48%
2011130,0423330.26%
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%

Sterling Heights Population by Year