Sterling, VA Profile: Facts & Data


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Sterling, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Sterling Census Designated Place had a population of 29,675 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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, 2018)


Total Population 29,675
Population in Households 29,670
Population in Familes 23,667
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density1 5,410
Diversity Index2 86


Median Household Income $88,599
Average Household Income $105,955
Per Capita Income $34,900


Total Housing Units 10,211 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,426 (72.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,347 (23.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 438 ( 4.3%)
Median Home Value $326,308
Average Home Value $338,958


Total Households 9,773
Average Household Size 3.04
Family Households 6,745
Average Family Size 4
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 0.78% 1.71%
Households 0.77% 1.68%
Families 0.49% 1.5%
Median Household Income   2.62%
Per Capita Income   2.92%

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, 2018 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 # 7 99th
Median Household Income # 115 81st
Per Capita Income # 164 73rd

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