Sterling, Virginia Population 2020

30,403
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Sterling is a city located in Virginia. Sterling has a 2020 population of 30,403. Sterling is currently declining at a rate of 0.00% annually and its population has increased by 9.28% 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 $109,959 with a poverty rate of 5.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,754 per month, and the median house value is $352,600. The median age in Sterling is 34.6 years, 33 years for males, and 36 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.3 males.

Sterling Demographics

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

  • White: 58.87%
  • Asian: 15.13%
  • Other race: 12.77%
  • Black or African American: 8.66%
  • Two or more races: 3.96%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.37%
  • Native American: 0.25%
The current population of Sterling, Virginia is 30,403, 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 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White17,89758.87%
Asian4,60115.13%
Some Other Race3,88112.77%
Black or African American2,6328.66%
Two or More Races1,2053.96%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1120.37%
American Indian and Alaska Native750.25%
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Sterling Population Pyramid 2020

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Sterling Median Age

34.6


Total

33


Male

36


Female

Sterling Adults

There are 23,066 adults, (2,885 of whom are seniors) in Sterling.

Sterling Age Dependency

50.7

Age Dependency Ratio

14.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Sterling Sex Ratio

Female

15,104

49.68%

Male

15,299

50.32%

Sterling Households and Families

Sterling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sterling Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77%23%
All71.7%28.3%
Non Family67.2%32.8%
Female62.2%37.8%
Male61.2%38.8%

71.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,4023.2371.7
Married5,155477
Non Family2,7731.4367.2
Female9363.9162.2
Male5383.9861.2

3.78

Average Family Size

3.23

Average Household Size

6.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Sterling Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,36011.99%
9th to 12th Grade1,6738.50%
High School Graduate3,99020.27%
Some College3,09415.71%
Associates Degree1,3827.02%
Bachelors Degree4,51022.91%
Graduate Degree2,68013.61%
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Sterling Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White7,8017,3863,852
Hispanic6,6814,0341,106
Asian3,2092,5311,578
Other Race2,1771,188212
Black1,7511,507662
Multiple Races580527213
Native American433719
Islander34247

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.68%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 49.38%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,943$52,172$32,031
Less Than High School$30,000$36,979$21,399
High School Grad$31,504$36,091$26,607
Some College$45,218$55,086$32,592
Bachelors Degree$65,134$73,125$53,269
Graduate Degree$74,957$102,066$54,728

$41,943

Average Earnings

$52,172

Average Male

$32,031

Average Female

Sterling Language

Sterling Language by Age

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Sterling Language

46.29% of Sterling residents speak only English, while 53.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.24% of the population.

Sterling Poverty

Sterling Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic11,7068707.43%
White10,5684494.25%
Other3,7052677.21%
Asian4,6011994.33%
Black2,6321736.57%
Multiple1,205514.23%

5.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

3.73%

Male Poverty Rate

7.74%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sterling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Hispanic, with 7.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sterling is Multiple, with 4.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.60%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.84%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.60%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School7.07%
High School5.84%
Some College5.59%
Bachelors or Greater2.87%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed25.68%
Female Unemployed21.80%
Female Employed4.49%
Male Employed1.55%

Sterling Income

Sterling Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$95,518$109,959
Families$98,992$113,982
Married Families$107,059-
Non Families$65,372$86,738
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Sterling Marital Status

Sterling Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.3%

Male Marriage Rate

49.1%

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

Sterling Marital Status by Race

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Sterling Veterans

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1,531

Number of Veterans

1,316

Male Veterans

215

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War519
Second Gulf War496
Vietnam350
Korea51
World War II18
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54574
55 to 64299
65 to 74249
18 to 34221
75+188
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Name Veterans % of Total
White9997.24%
Black34216.43%
Hispanic2212.71%
Asian762.08%
2 or More648.66%
Other341.32%
Indian1320.97%
Hawaiian33.37%

Sterling Veterans by Education

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9.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

15.68%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sterling Employment Status

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78.7%

Labor Force Participation

74.9%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

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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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32.24%

Born in Virginia

61.07%

Native Born

38.93%

Foreign Born

23.30%

Non Citizen

15.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

61.07% of Sterling residents were born in the United States, with 32.24% having been born in Virginia. 23.30% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202030,4030.00%
201930,4030.00%
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%