Sterling, IL
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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.

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 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%).

One of the benefits of Sterling is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.92 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Sterling rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.58% of adults 25 and older in Sterling have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

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.