Sterling, Illinois Population 2022

14,642
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Sterling is a city located in Whiteside County Illinois. Sterling has a 2020 population of 14,642. Sterling is currently declining at a rate of -0.41% annually and its population has decreased by -0.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,764 in 2010.

The average household income in Sterling is $61,153 with a poverty rate of 11.36%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $698 per month, and the median house value is $89,900. The median age in Sterling is 41 years, 40.2 years for males, and 42.3 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sterlingwas:

  • White: 87.28%
  • Two or more races: 6.76%
  • Black or African American: 2.26%
  • Other race: 2.01%
  • Asian: 1.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
  • Native American: 0.05%
The current population of Sterling, Illinois is 14,642 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 14,764.

Sterling, Illinois Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201058,4860.00%
201158,286-200-0.34%
201257,766-520-0.90%
201357,468-298-0.52%
201457,021-447-0.78%
201556,919-102-0.18%
201656,476-443-0.78%
201755,955-521-0.93%
201855,553-402-0.72%
201955,175-378-0.69%
202054,797-378-0.69%
202154,419-378-0.69%

Sterling Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White12,89587.28%
Black or African American3342.26%
American Indian and Alaska Native70.05%
Asian2291.55%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander140.09%
Some Other Race2972.01%
Two or More Races9986.76%
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Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid 2022

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Sterling Median Age

42


Total

40.8


Male

43.9


Female

Sterling Adults

There are 11,708 adults, (2,934 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

33.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female

7,334

49.64%

Male

7,440

50.36%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sterling Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.8%15.2%
Male66.1%33.9%
All60.4%39.6%
Female55%45%
Non Family41.7%58.3%

60.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sterling Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,4112.2460.4
Married2,3422.9584.8
Male1802.8866.1
Female1,1013.1355
Non Family2,7881.2441.7

2.87

Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

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Sterling Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4244.08%
9th to 12th Grade8297.98%
High School Graduate3,66935.33%
Some College2,65525.57%
Associates Degree1,06010.21%
Bachelors Degree1,07210.32%
Graduate Degree6766.51%
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Sterling Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian15211553
White7,7637,0271,432
2+ Races49041167
Hispanic1,9091,496225
Black29024218
Native American77
Islander1414
Other Race256173

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 asian people with a rate of 34.87%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,345$38,756$30,762
Less Than 9th Grade$18,224$$16,735
High School Graduate$32,940$37,799$20,655
Some College$32,020$33,750$31,862
Bachelors Degree$47,866$53,654$41,815
Graduate Degree$48,221$70,069$41,591

$35,345

Average Earnings

$38,756

Average Male

$30,762

Average Female

Sterling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Language by Age

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Sterling Language

87.89% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 12.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.92% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Multiple99836436.47%
Black3244814.81%
Hispanic3,39836710.80%
White9,8729629.74%
Asian229125.24%
Other7NaN%

11.36%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.26%

Male Poverty Rate

10.44%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Multiple, with 36.47% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.63%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.94%.

Sterling Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.24%
High School7.82%
Some College8.39%
Bachelors or Greater9.57%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed3.34%
Male Unemployed59.15%
Female Employed6.37%
Female Unemployed13.85%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,491$65,211
Families$60,555$84,394
Married Families$78,097-
Non Families$27,721$36,911
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Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.8%

Male Marriage Rate

41.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Married by Age and Sex

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Sterling 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 55-64.

Sterling Marital Status by Race

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Sterling Marital Status

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1,018

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War67
First Gulf War272
Vietnam320
Korea222
World War II73

Sterling Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34
35 to 54277
55 to 64119
65 to 74254
75+368

Sterling Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9729.44%
Black103.24%
Other Race124.46%
2+ Races243.69%
Hispanic1195.19%

Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

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10.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

46.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

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60.7%

Labor Force Participation

58.4%

Employment Rate

3.8%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Employment by Age

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Sterling Employment by Race

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Sterling 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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75.78%

Born in Sterling

94.69%

Native Born

5.31%

Foreign Born

3.88%

Non Citizen

1.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.69% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 75.78% having been born in Illinois. 3.88% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Sterling Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18703,9980.00%
18805,0871,0892.44%
18905,8247371.36%
19006,3094850.80%
19107,4671,1581.70%
19208,1827150.92%
193010,0121,8302.04%
194011,3631,3511.27%
195012,8171,4541.21%
196015,6882,8712.04%
197016,1134250.27%
198016,2811680.10%
199015,132-1,149-0.73%
200015,4513190.21%
201015,370-81-0.05%
201115,309-61-0.40%
201215,248-61-0.40%
201315,187-61-0.40%
201415,126-61-0.40%
201515,065-61-0.40%
201615,004-61-0.40%
201714,943-61-0.41%
201814,882-61-0.41%
201914,821-61-0.41%
202014,764-57-0.38%
202114,703-61-0.41%
202214,642-61-0.41%

Sterling Population by Year