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Sterling, Alaska - Basic Facts

The Sterling Census Designated Place had a population of 5,885 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

The Sterling Census Designated Place is located within the Kenai-Cook Inlet Census Subarea of Kenai Peninsula Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sterling: Naptowne.

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


Total Population 5,885
Daytime Population: Workers 641
Daytime Population: Residents 2,925
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,566
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.61
Population in Households 5,866
Population in Familes 4,882
Population in Group Qrtrs 19
Population Density2 76
Diversity Index3 27


Median Household Income $74,601
Average Household Income $98,829
Per Capita Income $39,776


Total Housing Units 3,436 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,933 (56.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 429 (12.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,074 (31.3%)
Median Home Value $277,083
Average Home Value $308,044


Total Households 2,362
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 1,666
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 0.64% 0.52%
Households 0.65% 0.52%
Families 0.46% 0.4%
Median Household Income   1.81%
Per Capita Income   2.23%

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, 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 # 21 94th
Population Density # 82 77th
Diversity Index # 227 36th
Median Household Income # 45 88th
Per Capita Income # 30 92nd

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