Sterling Information

Travel info, sports, demographic data, and general statistics about the city of Sterling, IL

General Sterling Information

State: Illinois

County: Whiteside County

Close cities: Sterling, IL, Polo, IL, Harmon, IL, Nelson, IL, Galt, IL, Coleta, IL, Milledgeville, IL, Palmyra, IL, Rock Falls, IL, Dorsey, IL

Sterling Population (census data)
Total 15,152 (-1.7% since 2000)
Male 7,214 (47.6%)
Female 7,938 (52.4%)

Population Density: 3,243 people per sq. mile

Cost of Living Index: 77.7 (US Avg is 100)

Sterling Elevation: 660 feet above sea level

Incorporated in 1884

Land Area: 4.67 square miles

Median Household Income: $42,948

Zip Codes: 61081.

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Sterling Demographic Data

Ethnic Information:
  • White Non-Hispanic (76.7%)
  • Hispanic (19.2%)
  • Other race (9.8%)
  • Two or more races (2.3%)
  • Black (2.2%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)
Ancestry Information:
  • German (25.7%)
  • Irish (14.7%)
  • English (7.7%)
  • United States (6.5%)
  • Italian (2.7%)
  • Dutch (2.5%)
Foriegn Born: 834 people (5.5%)
  • Latin America (100.0%)

Local Sterling Sports Teams

Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals
NFL Football: Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears
NBA Basketball: Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls
NHL Hockey: St. Louis Blues
NCAA Sports: Northern Illinois University, Bradley University

Sterling School Information

High Schools
Sterling High School (1608 4th Avenue, Sterling, IL, 61081 - Sterling Community Unit School District 5 District)
Middle Schools
Challand Middle School (1700 6th Avenue, Sterling, IL, 61081 - Sterling Community Unit School District 5 District)
Elementary Schools
Franklin Elementary School (1510 E 25th Street, Sterling, IL, 61081 - Sterling Community Unit School District 5 District)
Jefferson Elementary School (806 E Le Fevre Road, Sterling, IL, 61081 - Sterling Community Unit School District 5 District)
Lincoln Elementary School (1501 E 6th Street, Sterling, IL, 61081 - Sterling Community Unit School District 5 District)
Washington Elementary School (815 W Le Fevre Road, Sterling, IL, 61081 - Sterling Community Unit School District 5 District)
Other/Private Schools
Regional Safe School Program (1001 W 23rd Street, Sterling, IL, 61081 - Whiteside ROE District)

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