Sterling Heights, MI
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Sterling Heights is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 132,427 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Sterling Heights is the fourth largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities, Sterling Heights isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Sterling Heights are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sterling Heights is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sterling Heights who work in office and administrative support (12.93%), sales jobs (11.47%), and management occupations (8.52%).

Also of interest is that Sterling Heights has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Sterling Heights is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Sterling Heights area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The overall education level of Sterling Heights is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.53% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Sterling Heights in 2010 was $28,250, which is upper middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,000 for a family of four. However, Sterling Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sterling Heights is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sterling Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sterling Heights residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sterling Heights include Polish, Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac, Italian, and Irish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sterling Heights's cultural character, accounting for 26.17% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Sterling Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Other Indo-European.