Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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Income per capita$28,674$31,502$29,829
Median household income$46,491$59,196$55,322
Median income owner occupied$61,639$75,354$70,586
Median income renter occupied$31,076$34,488$35,192
Median earnings male$36,561$40,474$36,919
Median earnings female$26,771$27,197$26,250
Unemployment rate2.3%5.3%4.7%
Poverty level11.4%14.0%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Sterling is 4% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Sterling is 16% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Sterling is 51% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Sterling is 25% lower than the national average

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      $30,990 $46,491 $92,982
      $39,460 $59,196 $118,392
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Sterling median earnings by income bracket

      Sterling employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry4.4%4.4%
      Manufacturing sector28.8%28.8%
      Financial & insurance services0.5%0.5%
      Wholesale & retail services14.4%14.4%
      Public administration4.0%4.0%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities9.4%9.4%
      Education, health & social services11.8%11.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Como, IL525$79,25043.3%
      Grand Detour, IL351$67,97622.9%
      Prophetstown, IL1,965$60,2949.0%
      Morrison, IL3,850$58,9586.6%
      Coleta, IL230$56,8752.8%
      Sterling, IL14,774$46,49116.0%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Gloversville, NY14,771$38,62030.2%
      Grovetown, GA14,777$57,7694.4%
      Strathmore, AB14,778n/a 
      Mount Vernon, IL14,769$42,19423.7%
      El Sobrante, CA14,779$100,54881.8%
      Sterling, IL14,774$46,49116.0%
      Source: The Sterling, IL employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).