Sterling, Virginia Population 2021

30,271
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Sterling is a city located in Loudoun County Virginia. Sterling has a 2020 population of 30,271. Sterling is currently declining at a rate of 0.00% annually and its population has increased by 8.80% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 27,822 in 2010. Sterling reached it's highest population of 30,403 in 2018.

The average household income in Sterling is $115,677 with a poverty rate of 5.06%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,812 per month, and the median house value is $359,000. The median age in Sterling is 34.7 years, 33 years for males, and 35.8 years for females.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 56.69%
  • Asian: 15.75%
  • Other race: 14.15%
  • Black or African American: 8.53%
  • Two or more races: 4.07%
  • Native American: 0.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.27%
The current population of Sterling, Virginia is 30,271 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 30,403.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 27,822.

Sterling, Virginia Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White17,16156.69%
Asian4,76815.75%
Some Other Race4,28414.15%
Black or African American2,5838.53%
Two or More Races1,2314.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native1610.53%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander830.27%
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Sterling Population by Race

Sterling Population Pyramid $2021

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Sterling Median Age

34.7


Total

33


Male

35.8


Female

Sterling Adults

There are 23,182 adults, (2,992 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

49.9

Age Dependency Ratio

14.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female

14,989

49.52%

Male

15,282

50.48%

Sterling Population by Age

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sterling Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female76.7%23.3%
Married76.4%23.6%
All72.9%27.1%
Non Family68.4%31.6%
Male59.7%40.3%

72.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sterling Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,3143.2572.9
Married5,0513.9176.4
Non Family2,7481.3868.4
Female8894.7376.7
Male6264.0359.7

3.81

Average Family Size

3.25

Average Household Size

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Sterling Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,02110.15%
9th to 12th Grade1,9459.77%
High School Graduate3,85119.35%
Some College3,22716.21%
Associates Degree1,4297.18%
Bachelors Degree4,71323.68%
Graduate Degree2,71913.66%
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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
White7,4037,0253,824
Hispanic7,0034,3801,202
Asian3,4062,7681,751
Other Race2,5531,245200
Black1,8171,578628
2+ Races634574200
Native American1167946
Islander211614

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.89%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 66.67%.

Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,698$52,938$32,270
Less Than 9th Grade$31,227$34,933$21,979
High School Graduate$32,592$37,304$26,250
Some College$41,199$53,904$29,954
Bachelors Degree$65,866$83,446$54,787
Graduate Degree$77,216$103,500$61,635

$42,698

Average Earnings

$52,938

Average Male

$32,270

Average Female

Sterling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sterling Language by Age

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Sterling Language

43.13% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 56.87% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 37.84% of the population.

Sterling Language

Sterling Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic12,2727886.42%
White9,8343944.01%
Other4,1703057.31%
Black2,5831817.01%
Asian4,7681433.00%
Multiple1,231322.60%

5.06%

Overall Poverty Rate

4.11%

Male Poverty Rate

6.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Other, with 7.31% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Multiple, with 2.60% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.35%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.48%.

Sterling Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade7.56%
Some College4.53%
High School4.15%
Bachelors or Greater2.42%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed45.49%
Female Unemployed24.47%
Female Employed2.64%
Male Employed1.26%

Sterling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sterling Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$97,647$115,677
Families$105,000$121,039
Married Families$114,676-
Non Families$68,167$88,675
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Income by Household Type

Sterling Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.1%

Male Marriage Rate

48.6%

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 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sterling Marital Status by Race

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Sterling Marital Status

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1,538

Number of Veterans

1,316

Male Veterans

222

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War534
Second Gulf War532
Vietnam381
Korea65
World War II9

Sterling Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54521
65 to 74288
18 to 34265
55 to 64257
75+207

Sterling Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9867.53%
Black34516.52%
Hispanic2112.46%
Asian772.01%
2+ Races718.86%
Other Race371.19%
Native American1410.29%
Islander812.31%

Sterling Veterans by Race

Sterling Veterans by Education

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9.56%

Veteran Poverty Rate

15.08%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Veterans by Education

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79.1%

Labor Force Participation

74.8%

Employment Rate

5.1%

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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30.15%

Born in Sterling

58.49%

Native Born

41.51%

Foreign Born

24.61%

Non Citizen

16.90%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

58.49% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 30.15% having been born in Virginia. 24.61% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202130,2710.00%
202030,2710.00%
201930,271-132-0.43%
201830,403250.08%
201730,3787812.64%
201629,5977142.47%
201528,883-133-0.46%
201429,0162,0037.41%
201327,0138443.23%
201226,1695342.08%
201125,635-2,187-7.86%
201027,8220.00%

Sterling Population by Year