Sterling is a very small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 2,303 people and just one neighborhood, Sterling is the 111th largest community in Kansas. Sterling has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
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 service providers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sterling who work in office and administrative support (13.90%), teaching (12.67%) and management occupations (11.36%).
Setting & Lifestyle
Sterling is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Sterling to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
One of the benefits of Sterling is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.08 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.
Being a small city, Sterling does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.