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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sterling Heights is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.
The percentage of people in Sterling Heights who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.53% of adults in Sterling Heights 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.