Sterling Heights, MI

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2022 Population
133,744
0.237% 1-year decline
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
41.2
0.242% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
10.3%
5.18% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$75,381
7.36% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$243,400
14.2% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Sterling Heights, MI had a population of 134k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $75,381. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Sterling Heights, MI declined from 134,062 to 133,744, a −0.237% decrease and its median household income grew from $70,211 to $75,381, a 7.36% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sterling Heights, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (8.85%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.84%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.04%), and White (Hispanic) (0.846%).

None of the households in Sterling Heights, MI 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.

92.4% of the residents in Sterling Heights, MI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sterling Heights, MI are U.S. Truck Driver Training School (395 degrees awarded in 2022) and Paul Mitchell the School-Michigan (84 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Sterling Heights, MI was $243,400, and the homeownership rate was 76%.

Most people in Sterling Heights, MI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26 minutes. The average car ownership in Sterling Heights, MI was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Sterling Heights, MI is home to a population of 134k people, from which 92.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 27.8% of Sterling Heights, MI residents were born outside of the country (37.1k people).

In 2022, there were 9.03 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (107k people) in Sterling Heights, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.8k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 7.81k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

92.4%
2022 Citizenship
91.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 92.4% of Sterling Heights, MI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Sterling Heights, MI was 91.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sterling Heights, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    107k ± 1.54k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    11.8k ± 1.25k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    7.81k ± 932
2.02%
Hispanic Population
2.7k people

In 2022, there were 9.03 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (107k people) in Sterling Heights, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.8k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 7.81k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.02% of the people in Sterling Heights, MI are hispanic (2.7k people).

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Foreign-Born Population

27.8%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
37.1k people
28.2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
37.7k people

As of 2022, 27.8% of Sterling Heights, MI residents (37.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sterling Heights, MI was 28.2%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,651 ± 242
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    586 ± 165
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    480 ± 142

Sterling Heights, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Sterling Heights, MI employs 64.5k people. The largest industries in Sterling Heights, MI are Manufacturing (14,454 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,620 people), and Retail Trade (8,368 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,700), Utilities ($71,964), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($71,038).

Occupations

64.5k
2022 Value
± 1,979
−1.68%
1 Year decline
± 4.42%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sterling Heights, MI declined at a rate of −1.68%, from 65.7k employees to 64.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sterling Heights, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,108 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,934 people), and Management Occupations (6,073 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sterling Heights, MI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

64.5k
2022 Value
± 1,979
−1.68%
1 Year decline
± 4.42%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sterling Heights, MI declined at a rate of −1.68%, from 65.7k employees to 64.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sterling Heights, MI, are Manufacturing (14,454 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,620 people), and Retail Trade (8,368 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sterling Heights, MI, though some of these residents may live in Sterling Heights, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$52,572
Median earning men ± $2,788
$34,633
Median earning women ± $1,775

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($96,348), Manufacturing ($74,630), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($70,387).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($65,875), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,568), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($49,203).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.16%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.37M people employed in Michigan. This represents a 2.16% 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 23.6%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Michigan went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (47.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.09%).

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing the state of Michigan. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Michigan

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Debbie Stabenow
Senator from Michigan1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Gary Peters
Senator from Michigan2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing Michigan.

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 Michigan over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Michigan

Michigan is currently represented by 13 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 Michigan have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Sterling Heights, MI awarded 479 degrees. The student population of Sterling Heights, MI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 185 male students and 224 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sterling Heights, MI are Black or African American (285 and 59.5%), followed by White (161 and 33.6%), Hispanic or Latino (12 and 2.51%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (9 and 1.88%).

The largest universities in Sterling Heights, MI by number of degrees awarded are U.S. Truck Driver Training School (395 and 82.5%) and Paul Mitchell the School-Michigan (84 and 17.5%).

The most popular majors in Sterling Heights, MI are Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (395 and 82.5%), General Cosmetology (79 and 16.5%), and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (5 and 1.04%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.784% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.801% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.31M), Some college (1.92M), and Bachelors Degree (1.42M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sterling Heights, MI was $243,400 in 2022, which is 0.863 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $213,200 to $243,400, a 14.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Sterling Heights, MI is 76%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Sterling Heights, MI have an average commute time of 26 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sterling Heights, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Sterling Heights, MI is $75,381. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Sterling Heights, MI was Census Tract 2325 with a value of $118,229, followed by Census Tract 2302 and Census Tract 2330, with respective values of $107,212 and $103,933.

Property

$243,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,918
$38,733
Median Property Taxes
±$1,260

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 Heights, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

76%
Homeownership
2022
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76% of the housing units in Sterling Heights, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 2325
  2. Census Tract 2302
  3. Census Tract 2330

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sterling Heights, MI was Census Tract 2325 with a value of $118,229, followed by Census Tract 2302 and Census Tract 2330, with respective values of $107,212 and $103,933.

The following map shows all of the places in Sterling Heights, MI 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.
$75,381
Median Household Income
± $2,491
51k
Number of Households
± 1,729

In 2022, the median household income of the 51k households in Sterling Heights, MI grew to $75,381 from the previous year's value of $70,211.

The following chart displays the households in Sterling Heights, MI 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 Heights, MI is from Michigan.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Michigan

In 2022, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.473% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.3%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.5%)
  3. Carpooled (8.92%)

In 2022, 77.3% of workers in Sterling Heights, MI drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.5%) and those who carpooled to work (8.92%).

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Commute Time

26 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sterling Heights, MI have a shorter commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.43% of the workforce in Sterling Heights, MI 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 Heights, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sterling Heights, MI have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sterling Heights, MI (13.7k out of 133k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sterling Heights, MI is White, followed by Black and Asian.

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

93.8% of the population of Sterling Heights, MI has health coverage, with 47% on employee plans, 20.7% on Medicaid, 13.4% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 0.34% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Macomb County, MI see 1836 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.77% decrease from the previous year (1869 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1121 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 472 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,836 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Macomb County, MI

Primary care physicians in Macomb County, MI see an average of 1,836 patients per year. This represents a 1.77% decrease from the previous year (1,869 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.5% under 18 years, 21.4% between 18 and 34 years, 39.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.17%
Uninsured
47%
Employer Coverage
20.7%
Medicaid
13.4%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
0.34%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sterling Heights, MI declined by 5.79% from 6.55% to 6.17%.

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

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