Sterling Heights, MI

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Population

131,996

0.245% growth

Median Age

41


Median Household Income

$62,344

3.06% growth

Poverty Rate

12%


Number of Employees

63,705

0.141% growth

Median Property Value

$164,700

6.95% growth

About

In 2017, Sterling Heights, MI had a population of 132k people with a median age of 41 and a median household income of $62,344. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sterling Heights, MI grew from 131,674 to 131,996, a 0.245% increase and its median household income grew from $60,492 to $62,344, a 3.06% increase.

The population of Sterling Heights, MI is 82.3% White Alone, 7.09% Asian Alone, and 5.2% Black or African American Alone. 32.3% of the people in Sterling Heights, MI speak a non-English language, and 89.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sterling Heights, MI are Paul Mitchell the School-Michigan (109 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Sterling Heights, MI is $164,700, and the homeownership rate is 71.5%. Most people in Sterling Heights, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Sterling Heights, MI is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Sterling Heights, MI employs 63.7k people. The largest industries in Sterling Heights, MI are Manufacturing (13,243 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,090 people), and Retail Trade (8,727 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,250), Public Administration ($64,947), and Manufacturing ($57,076).

Median household income in Sterling Heights, MI is $62,344. Males in Sterling Heights, MI have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,762. The income inequality in Sterling Heights, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,344

2017 value

± $1,788

3.06%

1 Year Growth

± 3.83%

Households in Sterling Heights, MI have a median annual income of $62,344, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $60,492 in 2016, which represents a 3.06% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,869

Average Male Salary

± $1,109

$46,762

Average Female Salary

± $850

In 2017, full-time male employees in Sterling Heights, MI made 1.37 times more than female 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

    $62,263 ± $4,415

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $48,644 ± $58,127

  3. White

    $48,289 ± $702

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Sterling Heights, MI workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sterling Heights, MI is from Michigan.

0.476

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2325

  2. Census Tract 2306.01

  3. Census Tract 2330

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sterling Heights, MI was Census Tract 2325 with a value of $79,755, followed by Census Tract 2306.01 and Census Tract 2330, with respective values of $78,526 and $78,243.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sterling Heights, MI (15.8k out of 131k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 35 - 44.

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

    13,522 ± 892

  2. Asian

    916 ± 205

  3. Black

    859 ± 218

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

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

63.7k

2017 Value

± 1,750

0.141%

1 Year growth

± 3.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sterling Heights, MI grew at a rate of 0.141%, from 63.6k employees to 63.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sterling Heights, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,906 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,399 people), and Production Occupations (6,705 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sterling Heights, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sterling Heights, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,906 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,399 people), and Production Occupations (6,705 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Sterling Heights, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.35 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.82 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sterling Heights, MI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($84,228), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($74,825), and Management Occupations ($67,946).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

63.7k

2017 Value

± 1,750

0.141%

1 Year growth

± 3.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sterling Heights, MI grew at a rate of 0.141%, from 63.6k employees to 63.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sterling Heights, MI, are Manufacturing (13,243 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,090 people), and Retail Trade (8,727 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Sterling Heights, MI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (13,243 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,090 people), and Retail Trade (8,727 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Sterling Heights, MI has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.05 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.2 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sterling Heights, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,250), Public Administration ($64,947), and Manufacturing ($57,076).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $135B

  2. $35.4B

  3. $31.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $135B, followed by Mixed freight with $35.4B and Machinery and $31.3B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$448B

2015 Value

$623B

Projected 2045 Value

39.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Michigan trade was $448B. This is expected to increase 39.1% to $623B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Michigan 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 Michigan to other states, or from other states to Michigan.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $35.1B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $20.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $35.1B, followed by Indiana with $25.1B and Illinois and $20.4B.

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

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Health

91.8% of the population of Sterling Heights, MI has health coverage, with 48.2% on employee plans, 17.4% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 0.623% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Sterling Heights, MI was $8,055 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,745).

Primary care physicians in Sterling Heights, MI see 1254 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.804% increase from the previous year (1244 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1385 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 431 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Saginaw County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1254 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Michigan see an average of 1254 patients per year. This represents a 0.804% increase from the previous year (1244 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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$8,055

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,950

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,915

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,318

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Michigan (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,745 to $8,055.

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

8.18%

Uninsured

48.2%

Employer Coverage

17.4%

Medicaid

12.5%

Medicare

13.1%

Non-Group

0.623%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sterling Heights, MI declined by 12.7% from 9.37% to 8.18%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.1% prevalence

  3. 14.1% prevalence

Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Michigan, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Sterling Heights, MI is home to a population of 132k people, from which 89.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 27.3% of Sterling Heights, MI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Sterling Heights, MI is composed of 109k White Alone residents (82.3%), 9.36k Asian Alone residents (7.09%), 6.87k Black or African American Alone residents (5.2%), 3.77k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.85%), 2.73k Two or More Races residents (2.07%), 391 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.296%), 169 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.128%), and 117 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0886%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Sterling Heights, MI are Other & Unspecified Languages (9,564 speakers), Arabic (8,510 speakers), and Other Indo-European Languages (5,121 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.1

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sterling Heights, MI was 41. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Sterling Heights, MI are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Sterling Heights, MI residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

27.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

26.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 27.3% of Sterling Heights, MI residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sterling Heights, MI was 26.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    76,763 ± 6,776 people

  2. India

    66,881 ± 6,328 people

  3. Iraq

    54,355 ± 5,708 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Sterling Heights, MI was Mexico, the natal country of 76,763 Sterling Heights, MI residents, followed by India with 66,881 and Iraq with 54,355.

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Citizenship

89.7%

2017 Citizenship

89.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 89.7% of Sterling Heights, MI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sterling Heights, MI was 89.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    109k ± 1.28k

  2. Asian Alone

    9.36k ± 652

  3. Black or African American Alone

    6.87k ± 838

In 2017, there were 11.6 times more White Alone residents (109k people) in Sterling Heights, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.36k Asian Alone and 6.87k 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 Heights, MI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Other & Unspecified Languages

    9,564 speakers (7.69%)

  2. Arabic

    8,510 speakers (6.84%)

  3. Other Indo-European Languages

    5,121 speakers (4.12%)

32.3% of Sterling Heights, MI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Sterling Heights, MI was Other & Unspecified Languages. 7.69% of the overall population of Sterling Heights, MI are native Other & Unspecified Languages speakers. 6.84% speak Arabic and 4.12% speak Other & Unspecified Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,458 ± 297

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    942 ± 271

  3. Korea

    842 ± 182

Sterling Heights, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Sterling Heights, MI awarded 109 degrees. The student population of Sterling Heights, MI is skewed towards women, with 10 male students and 194 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sterling Heights, MI are White (63 and 57.8%), followed by Black or African American (28 and 25.7%), Unknown (13 and 11.9%), and Two or More Races (4 and 3.67%).

The largest universities in Sterling Heights, MI by number of degrees awarded are Paul Mitchell the School-Michigan (109 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sterling Heights, MI are General Cosmetology (102 and 93.6%) and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (7 and 6.42%).

The median tuition costs in Sterling Heights, MI are $N/A 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

Most Common

  1. 102 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Sterling Heights, MI was General Cosmetology with 102 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Sterling Heights, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

109 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Sterling Heights, MI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Paul Mitchell the School-Michigan with 109 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4

Degrees Awarded to Men

105

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sterling Heights, MI, which is 0.0381 times less than the 105 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    63 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    28 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    13 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sterling Heights, MI were to White students. These 63 degrees mean that there were 2.25 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 28 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sterling Heights, MI was $164,700 in 2017, which is 0.757 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $154,000 to $164,700, a 6.95% increase. The homeownership rate in Sterling Heights, MI is 71.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sterling Heights, MI have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sterling Heights, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$62,344

Median Household Income

± $1,788

49.8k

Number of Households

± 1,433

In 2017, the median household income of the 49.8k households in Sterling Heights, MI grew to $62,344 from the previous year's value of $60,492.

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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Housing

Property Value

$164,700

2017 Median

± $1,808

$154,000

2016 Median

± $1,913

In 2017, the median property value in Sterling Heights, MI grew to to $164,700 from the previous year's value of $154,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sterling Heights, MI 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 Heights, MI the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sterling Heights, MI 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 $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

71.5%

2017 Homeownership

71.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.5% of the housing units in Sterling Heights, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.5%.

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

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Transportation

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, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sterling Heights, MI have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.12% of the workforce in Sterling Heights, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.41%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.21%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sterling Heights, MI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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