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Sterling is a city in Whiteside County.[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 41.788N. The longitude is -89.696W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 659 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 15,272.
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 61081 ZIP code.
26% 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 $19,432, compared with $21,587 nationally.
12% 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 $758.
Libraries in Sterling include Sterling Public Library ... View libraries
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WNIQ.
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.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Sterling between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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