Sterling, KS

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Population

2,558

2.73% growth

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$45,469

12.2% growth

Poverty Rate

20.8%


Number of Employees

1,188

1.02% growth

Median Property Value

$81,100

6.85% growth

About

In 2017, Sterling, KS had a population of 2.56k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $45,469. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sterling, KS grew from 2,490 to 2,558, a 2.73% increase and its median household income grew from $40,509 to $45,469, a 12.2% increase.

The population of Sterling, KS is 84.2% White Alone, 6.84% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.99% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Sterling, KS speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sterling, KS are Sterling College (153 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Sterling, KS is $81,100, and the homeownership rate is 67.6%. Most people in Sterling, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 10.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Sterling, KS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Sterling, KS employs 1.19k people. The largest industries in Sterling, KS are Educational Services (360 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (163 people), and Manufacturing (101 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($95,179), Utilities ($82,000), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,500).

Median household income in Sterling, KS is $45,469. Males in Sterling, KS have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,397. The income inequality in Sterling, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,469

2017 value

± $11,803

12.2%

1 Year Growth

± 30.2%

Households in Sterling, KS have a median annual income of $45,469, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,509 in 2016, which represents a 12.2% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,808

Average Male Salary

± $1,876

$43,397

Average Female Salary

± $1,361

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kansas made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $49,738 ± $7,478

  2. White

    $46,915 ± $1,173

  3. American Indian

    $42,999 ± $12,605

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sterling, KS is from Kansas.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.417% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kansas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Kansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. N/A

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sterling, KS was N/A with a value of N/A, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sterling, KS (426 out of 2.05k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 55 - 64.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    416 ± 107

  2. Hispanic

    63 ± 70

  3. Other

    10 ± 52

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sterling, KS is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.19k

2017 Value

± 162

1.02%

1 Year growth

± 18.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sterling, KS grew at a rate of 1.02%, from 1.18k employees to 1.19k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sterling, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (175 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (162 people), and Management Occupations (127 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sterling, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sterling, KS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (175 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (162 people), and Management Occupations (127 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Sterling, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (3.44 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2.25 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sterling, KS, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($92,647), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($57,250), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($53,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.19k

2017 Value

± 162

1.02%

1 Year growth

± 18.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sterling, KS grew at a rate of 1.02%, from 1.18k employees to 1.19k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sterling, KS, are Educational Services (360 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (163 people), and Manufacturing (101 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sterling, KS, though some of these residents may live in Sterling, KS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Sterling, KS, by number of employees, are Educational Services (360 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (163 people), and Manufacturing (101 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Sterling, KS has an unusually high number of Educational Services (3.27 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.85 times), and Utilities (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sterling, KS, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($95,179), Utilities ($82,000), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,500).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30B

  2. $25B

  3. $23.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $30B, followed by Cereal grains ($25B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($23.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$265B

2020 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

35% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kansas trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 35% to $357B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $27.7B

  2. $19.5B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $27.7B, followed by Texas with $19.5B and Nebraska and $18.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.6% of the population of Sterling, KS has health coverage, with 56.5% on employee plans, 7.76% on Medicaid, 14.7% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 2.7% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Sterling, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Sterling, KS see 1320 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1764 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 556 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,320 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1,320 patients per year. This represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1,333 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.4%

Uninsured

56.5%

Employer Coverage

7.76%

Medicaid

14.7%

Medicare

11.9%

Non-Group

2.7%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sterling, KS declined by 11% from 7.2% to 6.4%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kansas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Sterling, KS is home to a population of 2.56k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.8% of Sterling, KS residents were born outside of the country (46 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Sterling, KS is composed of 2.16k White Alone residents (84.2%), 175 Hispanic or Latino residents (6.84%), 102 Black or African American Alone residents (3.99%), 77 Two or More Races residents (3.01%), 32 Asian Alone residents (1.25%), 12 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.469%), 5 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.195%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 6.2

21

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sterling, KS was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 21. But people in Sterling, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Sterling, KS residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

46 people

2.45%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

61 people

As of 2017, 1.8% of Sterling, KS residents (46 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sterling, KS was 2.45%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    85,360 ± 7,067 people

  2. India

    11,676 ± 2,648 people

  3. Vietnam

    10,096 ± 2,463 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 85,360 Kansas residents, followed by India with 11,676 and Vietnam with 10,096.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Sterling, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sterling, KS was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    2.16k ± 209

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    175 ± 77.9

  3. Black or African American Alone

    102 ± 53

In 2017, there were 12.3 times more White Alone residents (2.16k people) in Sterling, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 175 Hispanic or Latino and 102 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Sterling, KS as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    64 ± 34

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    23 ± 19

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    13 ± 20

Sterling, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.78 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Sterling, KS awarded 153 degrees. The student population of Sterling, KS is skewed towards men, with 408 male students and 289 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sterling, KS are White (117 and 76.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (20 and 13.1%), Black or African American (12 and 7.84%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (2 and 1.31%).

The largest universities in Sterling, KS by number of degrees awarded are Sterling College (153 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sterling, KS are Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (22 and 14.4%), Sport & Fitness Management (18 and 11.8%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (17 and 11.1%).

The median tuition costs in Sterling, KS are $23,985 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Sterling, KS was Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services with 22 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

153 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$23,985

Median Private

In 2017, the Sterling, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Sterling College with 153 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

70

Degrees Awarded to Men

83

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 70 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sterling, KS, which is 0.843 times less than the 83 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Sterling, KS by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    117 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    20 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    12 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sterling, KS were to White students. These 117 degrees mean that there were 5.85 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 20 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sterling, KS was $81,100 in 2017, which is 0.353 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $75,900 to $81,100, a 6.85% increase. The homeownership rate in Sterling, KS is 67.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sterling, KS have an average commute time of 10.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sterling, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$81,100

2017 Median

± $9,335

$75,900

2016 Median

± $8,511

In 2017, the median property value in Sterling, KS grew to to $81,100 from the previous year's value of $75,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sterling, KS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sterling, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k range.

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Household Income

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$45,469

Median Household Income

± $11,803

910

Number of Households

± 122

In 2017, the median household income of the 910 households in Sterling, KS grew to $45,469 from the previous year's value of $40,509.

The following chart displays the households in Sterling, KS 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sterling, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sterling, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.6%

2017 Homeownership

63.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.6% of the housing units in Sterling, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sterling, KS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

10.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sterling, KS have a shorter commute time (10.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.444% of the workforce in Sterling, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.7%

  2. Walked

    11.4%

  3. Carpooled

    9.23%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sterling, KS was Drove Alone (76.7%), followed by those who Walked (11.4%) and those who Carpooled (9.23%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sterling, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sterling, KS have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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