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Sterling, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Sterling Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Loudoun County at latitude 39.0047 and longitude -77.4054. Loudoun County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 292 feet.

The formal official name is the Sterling Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Sterling, Virginia.

The U5 Census Class Code for Sterling indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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.

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, 2014)


Total Population 28,472
Population in Households 28,467
Population in Familes 22,673
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density1 5,195
Diversity Index2 86


Total Households 9,398
Average Household Size 3.03
Family Households 6,569
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,873 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,674 (67.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,724 (27.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 475 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $297,708
Average Home Value $310,080


Median Household Income $91,829
Average Household Income $104,416
Per Capita Income $34,466
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.54% 3.35%
Households 0.58% 3.3%
Families 0.34% 3.23%
Median Household Income   1.68%
Per Capita Income   2.35%
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 591 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 99 83rd
Per Capita Income # 141 76th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.