Sterling is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 15,057 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Sterling is the 161st largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities 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 city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sterling who work in office and administrative support (13.06%), sales jobs (12.07%), and healthcare (7.41%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Sterling spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.92 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of Sterling are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.58% of adults in Sterling have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Sterling in 2010 was $21,752, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,008 for a family of four. However, Sterling contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Sterling is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sterling home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sterling residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Sterling also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.37% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sterling include Irish, English, Swedish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Sterling is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.