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Sterling, Colorado - Basic Facts

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The City of Sterling had a population of 14,426 as of July 1, 2017. Sterling ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Colorado. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling is located at latitude 40.6207 and longitude -103.1919 in Logan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sterling (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Logan County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,937 feet.

The City of Sterling (GNIS ID: 2411978) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Sterling is located within Sterling Division of Logan County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sterling population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Sterling, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 14,426
Daytime Population: Workers 7,550
Daytime Population: Residents 6,482
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 14,032
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 11,411
Population in Familes 8,433
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,015
Population Density2 1,896
Diversity Index3 53


Median Household Income $38,763
Average Household Income $52,956
Per Capita Income $23,296


Total Housing Units 5,406 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,851 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,084 (38.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 471 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $108,080
Average Home Value $142,207


Total Households 4,935
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 2,775
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.33% 0.16%
Households 0.17% 0.15%
Families 0.35% 0.12%
Median Household Income   0.82%
Per Capita Income   1.56%

Sterling, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sterling to the other 458 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 47 90th
Population Density # 82 82nd
Diversity Index # 136 71st
Median Household Income # 373 19th
Per Capita Income # 359 22nd

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