Sterling, VA
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Sterling is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 32,354 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Sterling is the 33rd largest community in Virginia.

Sterling home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Sterling real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some towns, Sterling isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Sterling are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sterling is a town 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 (11.24%), sales jobs (9.82%), and computer science and math (8.55%).

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

The education level of Sterling citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.35% of adults in Sterling have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Sterling in 2010 was $34,700, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,800 for a family of four. However, Sterling contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sterling is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Sterling home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Sterling, accounting for 39.02% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Sterling residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sterling include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sterling's cultural character, accounting for 34.86% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Sterling is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.