Sterling, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sterling, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Sterling Census Designated Place had a population of 29,320 as of July 1, 2016. Sterling ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sterling is located at latitude 39.0047 and longitude -77.4054 in Loudoun County. The formal boundaries for the Sterling Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Loudoun County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 292 feet.

The Sterling Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584925) 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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sterling: Guilford, Guilford Station, Loudoun, Old Sterling, Whaleys Store.

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Sterling, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 29,320
Population in Households 29,315
Population in Familes 23,288
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density1 5,345
Diversity Index2 86


Total Households 9,700
Average Household Size 3.02
Family Households 6,739
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,186 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,886 (67.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,814 (27.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 486 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $320,787
Average Home Value $330,464


Median Household Income $89,388
Average Household Income $103,723
Per Capita Income $34,320
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.84% 1.99%
Households 0.9% 1.97%
Families 0.64% 1.8%
Median Household Income   2.39%
Per Capita Income   1.8%
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.

Sterling, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sterling to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 37 94th
Population Density1 # 29 95th
Diversity Index2 # 8 99th
Median Household Income # 102 83rd
Per Capita Income # 151 75th

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