Sterling is a somewhat small town located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 5,782 people and just one neighborhood, Sterling is the 11th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Sterling is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Sterling is a town of professionals, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sterling who work in office and administrative support (11.73%), personal care services (8.41%) and sales jobs (8.38%).
A relatively large number of people in Sterling telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.35% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Sterling is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Because of many things, Sterling is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Sterling a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Sterling has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Sterling’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Sterling has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Sterling a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Being a small town, Sterling does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.