Sterling, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sterling, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The Village of Sterling had a population of 552 as of July 1, 2017. Sterling ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling is located at latitude 40.4612 and longitude -96.3775 in Johnson County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Sterling (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Johnson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,188 feet.

The Village of Sterling (GNIS ID: 2399896) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Sterling is located within Sterling Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Johnson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sterling population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Sterling, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 552
Daytime Population: Workers 190
Daytime Population: Residents 253
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 443
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.80
Population in Households 552
Population in Familes 445
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,356
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $45,439
Average Household Income $65,553
Per Capita Income $28,143


Total Housing Units 238 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 196 (82.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 43 (18.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 0
Median Home Value $98,649
Average Home Value $173,325


Total Households 239
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 153
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.06% 0.5%
Households 2.07% 0.5%
Families 2.71% 0.39%
Median Household Income   2.0%
Per Capita Income   3.78%

Sterling, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sterling to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 190 68th
Population Density # 135 77th
Diversity Index # 512 12th
Median Household Income # 395 32nd
Per Capita Income # 279 52nd

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