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
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sterling is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.35% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Sterling’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Sterling is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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.