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 where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Sterling area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Sterling maintain a good economy.
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 15.08 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small city, Sterling does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.