|Year||Population||Rank in US||Growth Rate|
Based on the latest 2022 data from the US census, the current population of Sterling is 14,750. Sterling, Illinois is the 2,372nd largest city in the US.
Sterling is located entirely in Whiteside County.
The peak population of Sterling was in 2000, when its population was 15,802. In 2000, Sterling was the 1,917th largest city in the US; now its fallen to the 2,372nd largest city in the US. Sterling is currently 6.7% smaller than it was in 2000.
Sterling has shrunk 6.6% since the year 2000. Sterling, Illinois's growth is extremely below average. 87% of similarly sized cities are growing faster since 2000.
Sterling has a population density of 2,692.2 people per square mile.
|2366||Deming, New Mexico||14,835||3.7%|
|2367||Fort Payne, Alabama||14,834||14.4%|
|2369||Hammonton, New Jersey||14,781||17.1%|
|2371||Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin||14,778||11.6%|
|2373||Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin||14,747||4.3%|
|2374||West University Place, Texas||14,724||3.0%|
|2375||Glens Falls, New York||14,722||2.7%|
|2378||Cedar Lake, Indiana||14,693||58.1%|
The total voting age population of Sterling, Illinois, meaning US citizens 18 or older, is 10,669. The voting age population is 47.1% male and 52.9% female.
According to the latest census statistics, 18.5% of the residents of Sterling are 65 or older.
The racial demographics of Sterling are 88.3% White, 4.6% Two or more races, 3.2% Black, 2.2% Other, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% American Indian and 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Additionally, 27.2% of the population identifies as Hispanic.
In Sterling, 13.8% of residents have an income below the poverty line, and the child poverty rate is 19.8%. On a per-household basis, 8.8% of families are below the poverty line in Sterling.
Among those aged 16 and older, 62.3% of Sterling residents are in the labor force.
Among the adult population 25 years old and over, 87.2% of Sterling residents have at least a high school degree or equivalent, 15.7% have a bachelor's degree and 6.3% have a graduate or professional degree.
Among Sterling residents aged 5 and older, 14.3% of them speak a non-English language at home. Broken down by language: 11.7% of residents speak Spanish at home, 0.6% speak an Indo-European language, and 1.5% speak an Asian language.
The unemployment rate in Sterling is 4.1%, which is calculated among residents aged 16 or older who are in the labor force.
In Sterling, 13.3% of the residents in the non-military labor force are employed by the local, state and federal government.
The median household income in Sterling is $43,685.
In Sterling, 60.3% of housing units are occupied by their owners.
Renters occupy 39.7% of housing units in Sterling.
Of all the housing units in Sterling, 27.4% of them were build before 1940.
In Sterling, 6.6% of the total housing units were built after the year 2000, which is approximately 460 units.
The median gross monthly rent payment for renters in Sterling is $675.
In Sterling, 78.3% of households have an active broadband internet connection.