Sterling, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sterling, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Sterling Census Designated Place had a population of 29,420 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 29,420
Daytime Population: Workers 13,962
Daytime Population: Residents 13,803
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 27,765
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 29,415
Population in Familes 23,273
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density2 5,363
Diversity Index3 86


Median Household Income $89,659
Average Household Income $105,048
Per Capita Income $34,640


Total Housing Units 10,197 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,724 (65.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,976 (29.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 497 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $325,439
Average Home Value $334,503


Total Households 9,700
Average Household Size 3.03
Family Households 6,706
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.77% 1.89%
Households 0.78% 1.87%
Families 0.48% 1.68%
Median Household Income   1.76%
Per Capita Income   2.54%

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, 2017 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 Density # 29 95th
Diversity Index # 8 99th
Median Household Income # 104 83rd
Per Capita Income # 152 75th

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