Sterling, Kansas Population 2021

2,225
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Sterling is a city located in Rice County Kansas. With a 2020 population of 2,225, it is the 104th largest city in Kansas and the 7215th largest city in the United States . Sterling is currently growing at a rate of 0.36% annually but its population has decreased by -4.42% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,328 in 2010. Sterling reached it's highest population of 2,344 in 2010. Spanning over 2 miles, Sterling has a population density of 1,242 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sterling is $57,586 with a poverty rate of 19.71%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $572 per month, and the median house value is $83,400. The median age in Sterling is 28.2 years, 24.5 years for males, and 30.6 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 91.06%
  • Black or African American: 3.85%
  • Two or more races: 1.96%
  • Other race: 0.89%
  • Native American: 0.85%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.77%
  • Asian: 0.62%
The current population of Sterling, Kansas is 2,225 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 2,201.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 2,328.

Sterling, Kansas Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White2,36491.06%
Black or African American1003.85%
Two or More Races511.96%
Some Other Race230.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native220.85%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander200.77%
Asian160.62%
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Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid $2021

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Sterling Median Age

28.2


Total

24.5


Male

30.6


Female

Sterling Adults

There are 2,017 adults, (393 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

59.9

Age Dependency Ratio

24.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female

1,282

49.38%

Male

1,314

50.62%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sterling Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married85.7%14.3%
All71.5%28.5%
Male63.6%36.4%
Female63%37%
Non Family56.1%43.9%

71.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sterling Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8952.3371.5
Married4333.0685.7
Non Family3211.2456.1
Female1082.4863
Male332.8863.6

2.86

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

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Sterling Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade120.88%
9th to 12th Grade856.22%
High School Graduate35025.62%
Some College37927.75%
Associates Degree896.52%
Bachelors Degree20414.93%
Graduate Degree24718.08%
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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
White1,3311,234451
Hispanic1919
2+ Races99
Other Race88
Native American44
Black33

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 33.88%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,759$40,583$33,438
Less Than 9th Grade$6,688$$
High School Graduate$26,375$36,875$25,625
Some College$32,545$40,000$26,250
Bachelors Degree$38,375$29,500$39,875
Graduate Degree$51,354$63,529$49,018

$35,759

Average Earnings

$40,583

Average Male

$33,438

Average Female

Sterling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Language by Age

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Sterling Language

97.60% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 2.40% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 1.00% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White1,86436319.47%
Hispanic1333929.32%
Other181055.56%

19.71%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.86%

Male Poverty Rate

20.52%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Other, with 55.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is White, with 19.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.04%.

Sterling Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade52.87%
High School23.17%
Some College16.24%
Bachelors or Greater2.14%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed100.00%
Male Unemployed80.00%
Female Employed17.13%
Male Employed13.45%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,563$57,586
Families$65,357$65,848
Married Families$73,516-
Non Families$29,464$38,137
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Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.5%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

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 35-44, 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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108

Number of Veterans

108

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam52
Second Gulf War19
Korea14
First Gulf War6
World War II

Sterling Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 7444
75+27
55 to 6420
35 to 5413
18 to 344

Sterling Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White995.39%
2+ Races513.89%
Native American444.44%

Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

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18.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

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64.7%

Labor Force Participation

58.7%

Employment Rate

9.2%

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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64.25%

Born in Sterling

98.19%

Native Born

1.81%

Foreign Born

0.92%

Non Citizen

0.89%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.19% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 64.25% having been born in Kansas. 0.92% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Africa.

Sterling Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20212,22580.36%
20202,21780.36%
20192,20980.36%
20182,201-13-0.59%
20172,214-38-1.69%
20162,252-29-1.27%
20152,281-14-0.61%
20142,295-2-0.09%
20132,297-6-0.26%
20122,303-25-1.07%
20112,328-16-0.68%
20102,3440.00%

Sterling Population by Year