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Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexSterling HeightsMichiganNational
Income per capita$31,335$27,549$29,829
Median household income$66,346$50,803$55,322
Median income owner occupied$74,337$62,251$70,586
Median income renter occupied$44,342$28,598$35,192
Median earnings male$43,844$35,730$36,919
Median earnings female$26,433$22,948$26,250
Unemployment rate3.1%5.2%4.7%
Poverty level9.7%16.3%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Sterling Heights is 5% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Sterling Heights is 20% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Sterling Heights is 33% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Sterling Heights is 36% lower than the national average

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      $44,226 $66,346 $132,692
      $33,865 $50,803 $101,606
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Sterling Heights median earnings by income bracket

      Sterling Heights employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.2%7.2%
      Manufacturing sector30.3%30.3%
      Financial & insurance services2.8%2.8%
      Wholesale & retail services17.8%17.8%
      Public administration3.6%3.6%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.8%6.8%
      Education, health & social services6.8%6.8%

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      Franklin, MI2,877$158,958187.3%
      Sterling Heights, MI132,296$66,34619.9%

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      Sterling Heights, MI132,296$66,34619.9%
      Source: The Sterling Heights, MI employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).