Sterling, Kansas Population 2024

2,334

Sterling is a city located in Rice County Kansas. Sterling has a 2024 population of 2,334. Sterling is currently growing at a rate of 1.26% annually and its population has increased by 4.1% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,242 in 2020.

The average household income in Sterling is $64,898 with a poverty rate of 6.4%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Sterling is 26.4 years, 23.2 years for males, and 29.8 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 89.75%
  • Two or more races: 4.59%
  • Black or African American: 4.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.12%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Asian: 0.08%
  • Other race:
State
Kansas
Land Area (mi²)
1.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,303.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
4.1% (92)
The current population of Sterling, Kansas is 2,334 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 2,242.

Sterling, Kansas Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White2,25089.75%
Two or more races1154.59%
Black or African American1054.19%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander281.12%
Native American70.28%
Asian20.08%
Other race
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White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Asian

Other race

Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid 2024

Sterling Median Age

26.4

Total

23.2

Male

29.8

Female

Sterling Adults

There are 1,902 adults, (446 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

72.2

Age Dependency Ratio

30.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female1,20147.91%
Male1,30652.09%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7992.4873.626.4
Married3783.6492.17.9
Non Family3541.0652.347.7
Female583.5579.320.7
Male92.561000
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3.51

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

73.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sterling Households and Families

Male

Female

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among hispanic people with a rate of 89.29%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$38,529

Average Earnings

$48,032

Average Male

$31,636

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

97.78% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 2.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 1.09% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,7841257.01%
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6.4%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.47%

Male Poverty Rate

5.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is White, with 7.01% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is White, with 7.01% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.55%.

Sterling Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.57%
High School12.02%
Some College6.51%
Bachelors or Greater1.4%
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Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed100%
Male Employed6.12%
Female Employed5.05%
Female Unemployed
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Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.2%

Male Marriage Rate

41.9%

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 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sterling Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sterling Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

117

Number of Veterans

102

Male Veterans

15

Female Veterans

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Sterling Veterans by War

count

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Sterling Veterans by Age

count

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Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

Veteran Poverty Rate

16.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

57.8%

Labor Force Participation

56.5%

Employment Rate

2%

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

60.59%

Born in Sterling

97.09%

Native Born

2.91%

Foreign Born

1.95%

Non Citizen

0.96%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.09% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 60.59% having been born in Kansas. 1.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Sterling Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20292,479291.18%
20282,450291.2%
20272,421291.21%
20262,392291.23%
20252,363291.24%
20242,334291.26%
20232,305291.27%
20222,276291.29%
20212,24750.22%
20202,242371.68%
20192,20590.41%
20182,196-17-0.77%
20172,213-37-1.64%
20162,250-33-1.45%
20152,283-13-0.57%
20142,296
20132,296-6-0.26%
20122,302-26-1.12%
20112,328-16-0.68%
20102,344
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Sterling Population by Year