Sterling Heights

Population: 131,674Median home value: $154,000 80 Ranks better than 93% of areas

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A+ Sterling Heights Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Sterling Heights Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% higher than Michigan
Sterling Heights
955% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sterling Heights cost of living
A Sterling Heights Crime Total crime is 42% lower than Michigan
Total crime
1,31652% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7652% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Sterling Heights crime
C- Sterling Heights Employment Household income is 19% higher than Michigan
Median household income
$60,4929% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$28,2505% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Sterling Heights employment
A Sterling Heights Housing Home value is 21% higher than Michigan
Median home value
$154,00017% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9173% lower than the US average
Home ownership
71%12% higher than the US average
Sterling Heights real estate or Sterling Heights rentals
D+ Sterling Heights Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Michigan
High school grad. rates
85%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
46%7% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:18% higher than the US average
Sterling Heights K-12 schools or Sterling Heights colleges

Living in Sterling Heights, MI

Sterling Heights is a mid-sized city located in the state of Michigan. The city has a population of 131,674 inhabitants. In Sterling Heights, there are 3,615 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. According to the most recent Census, 85% of Sterling Heights residents are White, 7% Asian and 5% Black. Sterling Heights is known to be family friendly as more than 78% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 61% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Sterling Heights can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Michigan, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Sterling Heights, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, employment and more.

Using data and statistics Sterling Heights has received a livability score of 80 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 93rd percentile when compared to all other cities. Clearly, Sterling Heights is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Another exciting tidbit, is that Sterling Heights ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Sterling Heights has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A) and housing (A). There are some categories that Sterling Heights scores poorly for, including: weather (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Sterling Heights, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Sterling Heights gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 184 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Sterling Heights apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Sterling Heights is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Sterling Heights come in at $154,000, which is 20.5% higher than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Sterling Heights, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 4% higher than the Michigan average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Sterling Heights will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Sterling Heights, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 7.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.8%.

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Compare Sterling Heights, MI Livability To Other Cities

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Berkley, MI899.715,239
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Grosse Pointe Farms, MI8814.69,265
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Farmington, MI8819.610,526
Plymouth, MI8826.68,956
Troy, MI875.982,982
Grosse Pointe Park, MI8715.311,276
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This is a very corrupt city.

The overall citizens are okay however the corruption within the city officials is insane. There is corruption in the police department,city council,Mayor and from city workers lowest to the top. The taxes are far too high in every area with little to nothing to show for it.
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Crappy place bad people

Crime in this city is unbelievable. People here just stick up noses and ignore it. The roads are the worse I have ever seen. Going down hill fast.
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Sterling Heights - A Nice Place to Live in Michigan

As a born and raised Michigander, I feel very "authentic" in offering my two cents on the city of Sterling Heights. It's a great city to live within, but not without its economic woes. As you know, Michigan depends on the auto industry and right now many people are hurting within Sterling Heights from losing jobs. If you're relocating for business purposes, think twice before coming to Michigan.

Sterling Heights offers Lakeside Mall and Partridge Creek to shop at. Teenagers have taken over Lakeside Mall, and Partridge Creek is the "classier" place to shop. There are many restaurants to eat at in Sterling Heights, some great ones are the Hamlin Pub and Boston's. Sterling Heights is a good place to raise a family, if you do have a secure job in the area. There are many great schools to choose from and many religious churches and synagogues in the area. The majority of the city is Christian.

Macomb Township is located right near Sterling Heights, and offers some great renowned high schools to choose from. Lutheran High North is a great choice, along with Dakota High School, if you have teenagers in the household.

All around, I really enjoy eating out in Sterling Heights and at any restaurant on Hall Road. Overall, Sterling Heights is a great city to live in!
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Source: The Sterling Heights, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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