Sterling, KS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sterling, Kansas - Basic Facts

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The City of Sterling had a population of 2,336 as of July 1, 2016. Sterling ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling is located at latitude 38.2093 and longitude -98.2065 in Rice County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sterling (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Rice County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,640 feet.

The City of Sterling (GNIS ID: 485654) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sterling: Peace.

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Sterling, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,336
Population in Households 1,858
Population in Familes 1,511
Population in Group Qrtrs 478
Population Density1 1,404
Diversity Index2 25


Total Households 790
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 517
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 933 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 568 (60.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 221 (23.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 143 (15.3%)
Median Home Value $90,972
Average Home Value $106,942


Median Household Income $44,529
Average Household Income $58,604
Per Capita Income $22,279
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.05% 0.11%
Households 0.08% 0.1%
Families 0.22% 0.08%
Median Household Income   3.44%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Sterling, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sterling to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 108 84th
Population Density1 # 135 80th
Diversity Index2 # 161 76th
Median Household Income # 411 39th
Per Capita Income # 514 24th

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