Sterling, New York Population 2024

3,164

Sterling is a city located in Cayuga County, Oswego County, and Wayne County New York. Sterling has a 2024 population of 3,164. Sterling is currently declining at a rate of -0.6% annually and its population has decreased by -1.77% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 3,221 in 2020.

The average household income in Sterling is $70,881 with a poverty rate of 16.48%. The median age in Sterling is 49.5 years: 55 years for males, and 46.9 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 95.43%
  • Other race: 2.86%
  • Two or more races: 1.37%
  • Black or African American: 0.31%
  • Native American: 0.03%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
45.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
69.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.77% (-57)
The current population of Sterling, New York is 3,164 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 3,221.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White3,07195.43%
Other race922.86%
Two or more races441.37%
Black or African American100.31%
Native American10.03%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid 2024

Sterling Median Age

49.5

Total

55

Male

46.9

Female

Sterling Adults

There are 2,661 adults, (773 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

70.4

Age Dependency Ratio

40.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female1,55748.38%
Male1,66151.62%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,3402.3986.213.8
Married7283.0393.86.2
Non Family3931.257228
Female1342.4777.622.4
Male852.161000

2.79

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

86.2%

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 Grade994.14%
Associates Degree36415.22%
Bachelors Degree35814.97%
Graduate Degree24310.16%
High School Graduate79333.15%
Less Than 9th Grade893.72%
Some College44618.65%

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
White2,2312,065580
Other Race92882
2+ Races41297
Hispanic292314
Native American110

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 48.28%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$44,833$0$27,857
Graduate Degree$0$88,250$0
High School Graduate$47,847$68,636$0
Less Than 9th Grade$18,469$18,469$0
Overall$36,699$46,493$26,023
Some College$35,577$41,618$30,323

$36,699

Average Earnings

$46,493

Average Male

$26,023

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

96.36% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 3.64% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.64% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White3,03950316.55%
Hispanic291241.38%
Multiple441227.27%
Native11100%

16.48%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.02%

Male Poverty Rate

15.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Native, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is White, with 16.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.5%.

Sterling Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.7%
High School13.49%
Bachelors or Greater10.65%
Some College3.09%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed40%
Male Employed12.79%
Female Employed9.3%
Male Unemployed2.94%

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$64,583$77,085
Households$57,850$70,881
Married Families$78,929$-999,999,999
Non Families$34,119$51,485

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

53.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.6%

Male Marriage Rate

53.7%

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 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Sterling Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sterling Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

280

Number of Veterans

280

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam113
Korea52
Second Gulf War34
First Gulf War29
World War II0

Sterling Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+139
55 to 6452
65 to 7442
35 to 5430
18 to 3417

Sterling Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White27911.1%
Hispanic931.03%
Native American1100%

Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

12.86%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.29%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56.7%

Labor Force Participation

55%

Employment Rate

2.9%

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

85.24%

Born in Sterling

97.73%

Native Born

2.27%

Foreign Born

0%

Non Citizen

2.27%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.73% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 85.24% having been born in New York. 0% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Sterling Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20293,069-19-0.62%
20283,088-19-0.61%
20273,107-19-0.61%
20263,126-19-0.6%
20253,145-19-0.6%
20243,164-19-0.6%
20233,183-19-0.59%
20223,202-19-0.59%
20213,22100%
20203,2212066.83%
20193,015-10-0.33%
20183,025-5-0.17%
20173,03050.17%
20163,025-1-0.03%
20153,026-19-0.62%
20143,045-14-0.46%
20133,05900%
20123,059-2-0.07%
20113,061230.76%
20103,03800%

Sterling Population by Year