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Sterling is a township in Whiteside County, in the Sterling metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Sterling. For links to other places called Sterling, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Sterling is 41.813N. The longitude is -89.688W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 679 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 18,679.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Sterling demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Whiteside County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61071 ZIP code.
27% of Sterling residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Sterling ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Sterling was $20,496, compared with $21,587 nationally.
14% of Sterling residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Sterling, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $391. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $793.
Whiteside County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Sterling political report.
The average commute time for Sterling workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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