Sterling, IL

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
55,569
0.649% 1-year decline
US Senator
Dick Durbin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tammy Duckworth
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
43.5
0.229% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
11.6%
4.09% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$62,828
5.04% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$122,200
11.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
26,585
0.453% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Sterling, IL had a population of 55.6k people with a median age of 43.5 and a median household income of $62,828. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Sterling, IL declined from 55,932 to 55,569, a −0.649% decrease and its median household income grew from $59,812 to $62,828, a 5.04% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sterling, IL are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.6%), White (Hispanic) (6.41%), Two+ (Hispanic) (4.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.89%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.79%).

None of the households in Sterling, IL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.5% of the residents in Sterling, IL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sterling, IL are Morrison Institute of Technology (35 degrees awarded in 2022) and Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Sterling (26 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Sterling, IL was $122,200, and the homeownership rate was 74.4%.

Most people in Sterling, IL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Sterling, IL was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Sterling, IL is home to a population of 55.6k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.82% of Sterling, IL residents were born outside of the country (1.57k people).

In 2022, there were 12.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.9k people) in Sterling, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.56k White (Hispanic) and 2.34k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.5%
2022 Citizenship
98.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.5% of Sterling, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Sterling, IL was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sterling, IL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    45.9k ± 335
  2. White (Hispanic)
    3.56k ± 518
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    2.34k ± 473
12.7%
Hispanic Population
7.07k people

In 2022, there were 12.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.9k people) in Sterling, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.56k White (Hispanic) and 2.34k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12.7% of the people in Sterling, IL are hispanic (7.07k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Sterling, IL as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    622,347 ± 18,890 people
  2. India
    165,336 ± 9,918 people
  3. Poland
    123,006 ± 8,569 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 622,347 Illinois residents, followed by India with 165,336 and Poland with 123,006.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.82%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.57k people
3.11%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.74k people

As of 2022, 2.82% of Sterling, IL residents (1.57k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sterling, IL was 3.11%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,225 ± 203
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    482 ± 169
  3. Korea
    371 ± 103

Sterling, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.54 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Sterling, IL employs 26.6k people. The largest industries in Sterling, IL are Manufacturing (5,525 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,070 people), and Retail Trade (3,254 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($130,694), Public Administration ($59,741), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,080).

Males in Illinois have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $66,581. The income inequality in Illinois (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

26.6k
2022 Value
± 1,103
−0.453%
1 Year decline
± 5.78%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sterling, IL declined at a rate of −0.453%, from 26.7k employees to 26.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sterling, IL, are Production Occupations (3,593 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,879 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,361 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sterling, IL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

26.6k
2022 Value
± 1,103
−0.453%
1 Year decline
± 5.78%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sterling, IL declined at a rate of −0.453%, from 26.7k employees to 26.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sterling, IL, are Manufacturing (5,525 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,070 people), and Retail Trade (3,254 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sterling, IL, though some of these residents may live in Sterling, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$49,283
Median earning men ± $2,866
$32,380
Median earning women ± $2,332

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($68,941), Public Administration ($68,558), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,739).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($51,065), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($43,906), and Manufacturing ($39,901).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.47%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 6.03M people employed in Illinois. This represents a 2.47% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Illinois.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 384
    Manufacturing
  2. 355
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 297
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Illinois went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 57.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (40.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.1%).

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing the state of Illinois. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Illinois is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Illinois

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Dick Durbin
Senator from Illinois2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Tammy Duckworth
Senator from Illinois3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing Illinois.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Illinois over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Illinois

Illinois is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Illinois have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Sterling, IL awarded 61 degrees. The student population of Sterling, IL in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 60 male students and 46 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sterling, IL are White (56 and 91.8%), followed by Black or African American (3 and 4.92%), Hispanic or Latino (2 and 3.28%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Sterling, IL by number of degrees awarded are Morrison Institute of Technology (35 and 57.4%) and Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Sterling (26 and 42.6%).

The most popular majors in Sterling, IL are General Cosmetology (24 and 39.3%), General Engineering Technology (19 and 31.1%), and System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management (16 and 26.2%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 106 students enrolled in Sterling, IL, 56.6% men and 43.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 89 records, of which 42.7% were women and 57.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 19 degrees awarded
  2. 16 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sterling, IL was General Engineering Technology with 19 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Sterling, IL according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 35 degrees awarded
  2. 26 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Morrison Institute of Technology with 35 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 34 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sterling, IL, which is 1.26 times more than the 27 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 56 degrees mean that there were 18.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($17,500) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($1,900) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($1,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.01% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.62M), Some college (2.15M), and Bachelors Degree (2.1M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sterling, IL was $122,200 in 2022, which is 0.433 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $109,600 to $122,200, a 11.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Sterling, IL is 74.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Sterling, IL have an average commute time of 19.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sterling, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Sterling, IL is $62,828. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Sterling, IL was DuPage County, IL with a value of $107,035, followed by Kendall County, IL and Lake County, IL, with respective values of $106,358 and $104,553.

Property

$122,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,190
$17,241
Median Property Taxes
±$803

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sterling, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Sterling, IL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

74.4%
Homeownership
2022
60%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 74.4% of the housing units in Sterling, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sterling, IL was DuPage County, IL with a value of $107,035, followed by Kendall County, IL and Lake County, IL, with respective values of $106,358 and $104,553.

The following map shows all of the counties in Sterling, IL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,828
Median Household Income
± $3,966
23.2k
Number of Households
± 978

In 2022, the median household income of the 23.2k households in Sterling, IL grew to $62,828 from the previous year's value of $59,812.

The following chart displays the households in Sterling, IL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sterling, IL is from Illinois.
0.477
2022 Wage GINI in Illinois
0.478
2021 Wage GINI in Illinois

In 2022, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.371% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Illinois was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.69%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.09%)

In 2022, 81.7% of workers in Sterling, IL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.69%) and those who worked at home (4.09%).

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Commute Time

19.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sterling, IL have a shorter commute time (19.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.34% of the workforce in Sterling, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sterling, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sterling, IL have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sterling, IL (6.33k out of 54.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sterling, IL is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.5% of the population of Sterling, IL has health coverage, with 47.9% on employee plans, 16.1% on Medicaid, 17.1% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.59% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Illinois see 1231 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.806% decrease from the previous year (1241 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1221 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 372 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,231 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Illinois

Primary care physicians in Illinois see an average of 1,231 patients per year. This represents a 0.806% decrease from the previous year (1,241 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Illinois in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.5% under 18 years, 17.5% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.1% were men and 50.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.51%
Uninsured
47.9%
Employer Coverage
16.1%
Medicaid
17.1%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
1.59%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sterling, IL declined by 3.52% from 5.71% to 5.51%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sterling, IL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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