Sterling, AK Profile: Facts, Map & Data

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Sterling, Alaska - Basic Facts

The Sterling Census Designated Place had a population of 5,951 as of July 1, 2015. Sterling ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling is located at latitude 60.5405 and longitude -150.8058 in Kenai Peninsula Borough. The formal boundaries for the Sterling Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 77.76 sq. miles and a water area of 1.88 sq. miles. Kenai Peninsula Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 203 feet.

The Sterling Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2419233) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sterling: Naptowne.

Sterling Census Designated Place, AK Boundary Map

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Sterling, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)

POPULATION

Total Population 5,951
Population in Households 5,932
Population in Familes 4,969
Population in Group Qrtrs 19
Population Density1 77
Diversity Index2 27
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 2,403
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 1,708
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 3,517 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,969 (56.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 434 (12.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,114 (31.7%)
Median Home Value $635,811
Average Home Value $703,098
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $77,777
Average Household Income $90,097
Per Capita Income $36,416
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.11% 0.93%
Households 1.23% 1.06%
Families 1.12% 0.98%
Median Household Income   1.51%
Per Capita Income   2.1%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Sterling, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sterling to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 21 94th
Population Density1 # 82 77th
Diversity Index2 # 222 37th
Median Household Income # 27 93rd
Per Capita Income # 37 90th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Alaska Census Data Comparison Tool.