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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sterling who work in office and administrative support (12.29%), sales jobs (9.84%), and management occupations (8.22%).

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Sterling is somewhat unusual for a town 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 area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Sterling citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.47% of adults in Sterling have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Sterling in 2010 was $32,661, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,644 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. The greatest number of Sterling residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Sterling also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.21% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sterling include Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sterling's cultural character, accounting for 33.22% of the town’s population.

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