Sterling, Indiana Population 2024

1,611

Sterling is a city located in Crawford County, Orange County, and Perry County Indiana. Sterling has a 2024 population of 1,611. Sterling is currently growing at a rate of 0.31% annually and its population has increased by 0.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,602 in 2020.

The average household income in Sterling is $73,609 with a poverty rate of 42.42%. The median age in Sterling is 36.1 years: 33.5 years for males, and 38.4 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 93.27%
  • Two or more races: 6.54%
  • Black or African American: 0.19%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
State
Indiana
Land Area (mi²)
48.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
33.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.56% (9)
The current population of Sterling, Indiana is 1,611 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,602.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,95493.27%
Two or more races1376.54%
Black or African American40.19%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%
Other race00%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid 2024

Sterling Median Age

36.1

Total

33.5

Male

38.4

Female

Sterling Adults

There are 1,426 adults, (314 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

88.4

Age Dependency Ratio

28.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

60.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female93144.44%
Male1,16455.56%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7362.8285.914.1
Married3763.8395.24.8
Non Family2611.0575.124.9
Female813.2174.125.9
Male185.671000

3.67

Average Family Size

2.82

Average Household Size

85.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sterling Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade24719.21%
Associates Degree775.99%
Bachelors Degree14110.96%
Graduate Degree584.51%
High School Graduate53741.76%
Less Than 9th Grade685.29%
Some College15812.29%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Sterling Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White1,216914199
2+ Races66570
Hispanic23230
Black400

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 16.37%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$0$0$46,176
Graduate Degree$0$0$0
High School Graduate$30,865$33,125$30,000
Less Than 9th Grade$33,322$33,651$28,750
Overall$32,665$32,995$31,346
Some College$27,331$32,656$17,344

$32,665

Average Earnings

$32,995

Average Male

$31,346

Average Female

Sterling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Sterling Language

99.21% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 0.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.53% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,95080641.33%
Multiple1378159.12%
Hispanic231565.22%

42.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

40.38%

Male Poverty Rate

44.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Hispanic, with 65.22% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is White, with 41.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 14.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.93%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 46.81%.

Sterling Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade39.68%
High School35.57%
Bachelors or Greater26.63%
Some College6.38%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed23.96%
Female Employed3.6%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$56,250$96,974
Households$33,370$73,609
Married Families$63,750$-999,999,999
Non Families$26,250$28,357

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

50.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.7%

Male Marriage Rate

56.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Sterling Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Sterling 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 Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sterling Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

136

Number of Veterans

136

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam53
Second Gulf War14
Korea3
World War II3
First Gulf War2

Sterling Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7460
75+32
55 to 6426
35 to 5413
18 to 345

Sterling Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1218.97%
2+ Races1520.55%
Hispanic1565.22%

Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

37.5%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.62%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

48.3%

Labor Force Participation

47.5%

Employment Rate

1.6%

Unemployment Rate

Sterling Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Sterling Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Sterling 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

69.26%

Born in Sterling

99.62%

Native Born

0.38%

Foreign Born

0%

Non Citizen

0.38%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.62% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 69.26% having been born in Indiana. 0% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,63650.31%
20281,63150.31%
20271,62650.31%
20261,62150.31%
20251,61650.31%
20241,61150.31%
20231,60650.31%
20221,60150.31%
20211,596-6-0.37%
20201,602-5-0.31%
20191,60700%
20181,60790.56%
20171,598-6-0.37%
20161,60400%
20151,604-18-1.11%
20141,62270.43%
20131,615-8-0.49%
20121,62370.43%
20111,616-15-0.92%
20101,63100%

Sterling Population by Year