Sterling, Alaska

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Population in 2010: 5,617. Population change since 2000: +19.4%
Males: 2,925  (52.1%)
Females: 2,692  (47.9%)
Median resident age:  44.1 years
Alaska median age:  35.3 years

Zip codes: 99672.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $65,331 (it was $47,700 in 2000)
Sterling:

$65,331
AK:

$67,712
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $35,015 (it was $20,741 in 2000)

Sterling CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $249,633 (it was $119,800 in 2000)
Sterling:

$249,633
AK:

$245,100
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $238,192; Detached houses: $253,948; Townhouses or other attached units: $200,100; In 2-unit structures: $200,100; Mobile homes: $87,653

Median gross rent in 2012: $950.

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  • White alone - 4,952 (88.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 238 (4.2%)
  • Two or more races - 210 (3.7%)
  • Hispanic - 150 (2.7%)
  • Asian alone - 44 (0.8%)
  • Other race alone - 9 (0.2%)
  • Black alone - 8 (0.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 6 (0.1%)

Races in Sterling detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sterling: 109.9 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (23.7%), English (15.1%), Irish (8.3%), Norwegian (5.6%), French (3.9%), Swedish (3.8%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Land area: 77.3 square miles.

Population density: 73 people per square mile   (very low).

Sterling,AK real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Sterling:

  • High school or higher: 96.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.4%
  • Unemployed: 9.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sterling CDP:

  • Never married: 21.7%
  • Now married: 61.4%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 4.5%
  • Divorced: 11.1%

57 residents are foreign born

This place:  1.0%
Alaska:  6.7%



According to our research of Alaska and other state lists there were 10 registered sex offenders living in Sterling, Alaska as of May 03, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Sterling to the number of sex offenders is 562 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,793 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,282 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (57.6 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2331.6 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Funny River, AK (1.6 miles ), Ridgeway, AK (3.0 miles ), Soldotna, AK (3.1 miles ), Kalifornsky, AK (3.8 miles ), Kenai, AK (3.8 miles ), Salamatof, AK (4.2 miles ), Nikiski, AK (4.5 miles ), Kasilof, AK (4.5 miles ).

Latitude: 60.53 N, Longitude: 150.80 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 907

Sterling household income distribution Sterling home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.9%
Alaska:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (18%)
  • Construction (16%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Information (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Carpenters (9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (9%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Extraction workers (5%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (8%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

Work and jobs in Sterling: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Sterling, Alaska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Sterling, Alaska average temperatures Sterling, Alaska average precipitation Sterling, Alaska humidity Sterling, Alaska wind speed Sterling, Alaska clear and cloudy days

Earthquake activity:

Sterling-area historical earthquake activity is above Alaska state average. It is 818% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1964 at 03:36:12, a magnitude 9.2 (9.2 UK, Class: Great, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 112.3 miles away from the city center, causing $1,020,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 8.5 (7.0 MB, 8.5 MS, 7.9 MW, 8.1 ME, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 230.7 miles away from Sterling center
On 8/27/1904 at 21:56:06, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 240.1 miles away from the city center
On 10/9/1900 at 12:28:00, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 256.5 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1987 at 19:23:19, a magnitude 7.9 (6.7 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.9 MW, 7.1 ML, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 309.1 miles away from Sterling center
On 12/23/1906 at 17:22:00, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 277.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Hospitals and medical centers near Sterling:

  • 1ST CHOICE HOME HEALTH CARE, INC (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; SOLDOTNA, AK)
  • CENTRAL PENINSULA GENERAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 10 miles away; SOLDOTNA, AK)
  • HERITAGE PLACE (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; SOLDOTNA, AK)

Airports located in Sterling:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sterling:

  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 57 miles; Anchorage, AK; Full-time enrollment: 12,483)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (about 57 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 2,983)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 314 miles; Fairbanks, AK; FT enrollment: 6,397)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1376 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 1379 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Peninsula College (about 1383 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1400 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)

Private high school in Sterling:

  • ACADEMY OF HIGHER LEARNING MLS (Students: 22; Location: 32930 FAIR GAME ST; Grades: KG - 12)

Public elementary/middle school in Sterling:

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Notable location: Central Emergency Services Station 3 Sterling Station (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes: Longmere Lake (A), Savka Lake (B), Scout Lake (C), Sunken Island Lake (D), Tree Lake (E), Whisper Lake (F), Calf Lake (G), Cisca Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

River: Moose River (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Sterling: Scout Lake State Recreation Site (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Pederson's Moose River Resort (33881 Sterling Highway) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Hotels: Alaskan Abode B&B (35920 Sterling Highway) (1), Bing Brown's (Mi 81 Sterling Highway) (2), Great Alaska Adventure Lodge (33881 Sterling Highway) (3), JANA House (38670 SWanson River Road) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Kenai Peninsula Borough has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 68.9. This is about average.

City:

68.9
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 12.4. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 1.66. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.66
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Sterling and their reported violations in the past:

STERLING BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 135, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
STERLING TESORO RESTAURANT (Population served: 102, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
HIGHER GROUND BAPTIST CAMP (Population served: 90, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
REAL ALASKAN CABINS & RV (Population served: 86, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
SUZIES PLACE (Population served: 80, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
OTTOS LANDING/CHLOES CHOICE (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
BING BROWNS RESORT (Population served: 44, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between JUL-2009 and SEP-2009, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-09-2011)
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
GREAT ALASKA FISH CAMP (Population served: 41, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations
  • 3 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Sterling that have no violations reported:

  • ABUNDANT LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD (Population served: 154, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MAGPYES PIZZERIA (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • STERLING SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER (Population served: 35, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 7.4%
(7.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
Alaska:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  71.5%
Whole state:  66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.8%
Whole state:  8.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
12 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
7 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
8 people in other group homes in 2000
6 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

Sterling, Alaska environmental map by EPA

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Sterling compared to Alaska state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Sterling travel time to work - commute Sterling mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (76%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (17%)
  • Wood (5%)
  • Electricity (2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

2008 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Sterling CDP (based on Kenai Peninsula Borough data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 27.62%
Here: 27.6%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchOrthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodChurch of the Nazarene
Adherents15.8%14.8%14.4%10.0%9.0%
Congregations8.9%6.3%6.3%11.4%6.3%
NameUnited Methodist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionChristian Churches and Churches of ChristLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents5.7%5.1%4.4%3.4%17.4%
Congregations8.9%6.3%5.1%3.8%36.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 25
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

4.71 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

3.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 71
Here:

13.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.7%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

29.4%
Alaska:

27.8%

7.19% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($45,749 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.19%
Alaska average:

8.87%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.58% ($57,934 average AGI)
from Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.35% ($52,959)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.15% ($39,355)


6.76% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,448 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.76%
Alaska average:

8.83%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($269 average AGI)
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

0.06%
Alaska average:

0.19%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.48% ($41,595 average AGI)
to Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.39% ($47,420)
to Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.20% ($36,905)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sterling:

  • KSLD (1140 AM; 10 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC)
  • KSRM (920 AM; 5 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC.)
  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KBYR (700 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: COBB COMMUNICATIONS,INC.)
  • KUDO (1080 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CHINOOK CONCERT BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KHAR (590 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KTZN (550 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBBI (890 AM; 10 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: KACHEMAK BAY BROADCASTING INC)
  • KGTL (620 AM; 5 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: PENINSULA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KCHU (770 AM; 10 kW; VALDEZ, AK; Owner: TERMINAL RADIO, INC.)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KSWD (950 AM; 1 kW; SEWARD, AK; Owner: NORTHERN RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sterling:

  • KKIS-FM (96.5 FM; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC)
  • KWJG (91.5 FM; KASILOF, AK; Owner: KASILOF PUBLIC B/G INC)
  • KXBA (93.3 FM; NIKISKI, AK; Owner: PENINSULA COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • KPEN-FM (101.7 FM; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: PENINSULA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KWHQ-FM (100.1 FM; KENAI, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC.)
  • KDLL (91.9 FM; KENAI, AK; Owner: PICKLE HILL PUBLIC B/CASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Sterling:

  • K08LW (Channel 8; KENAI/SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: NORTHERN TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K10NC (Channel 10; KENAI, ETC., AK; Owner: CHANNEL 2 BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K09QH (Channel 9; KENAI, ETC., AK; Owner: PIEDMONT TELEVISION OF ANCHORAGE LICENSE LLC)
  • K03FW (Channel 3; KENAI, ETC., AK; Owner: SMITH TELEVISION LICENSE HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • K06MF (Channel 6; KENAI, ETC., AK; Owner: FIREWEED COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • K12LA (Channel 12; KENAI, ETC., AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K23AF (Channel 23; KENAI, ETC., AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Sterling, Alaska:
  • Fatal accident count: 11
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 15
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 3
  • Fatalities: 13
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 23
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1
Alaska average:
  • Fatal accident count: 136
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 199
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 63
  • Fatalities: 148
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 363
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 14
See more detailed statistics of Sterling fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Sterling)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Sterling, AK)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 27 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 27 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Sterling)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Sterling)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 73 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 13
  • Hazardous Condition: 9
  • Good Intent Call: 9

Incident types - Sterling

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Sterling, AK
Most common first names in Sterling, AK among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Richard667.6 years
David659.5 years
John669.7 years
Mary588.4 years
Donald565.3 years
Robert474.5 years
Raymond472.5 years
Edith368.0 years
Thomas376.0 years
William377.7 years
Most common last names in Sterling, AK among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller459.0 years
Townsley384.0 years
Cason278.0 years
Bolstridge276.5 years
King278.1 years
Gilbertson274.5 years
Galliher275.9 years
Baker268.0 years
Herrmann267.5 years
Eshleman273.5 years
Businesses in Sterling, AK
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1Lane Furniture1
La-Z-Boy1U-Haul1

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