Sterling City, Texas

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Population in 2017: 993 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -8.1%
 
Males: 498  (50.2%)
Females: 495  (49.8%)
Median resident age:

36.0 years
Texas median age:

34.7 years

Zip codes: 76951.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $53,915 (it was $36,359 in 2000)
Sterling City:

$53,915
TX:

$59,206

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,508 (it was $14,955 in 2000)

Sterling City city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $102,700 (it was $46,400 in 2000)
Sterling City:

$102,700
TX:

$172,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $174,307; detached houses: $202,551; mobile homes: $41,995

Median gross rent in 2017: $885.

March 2019 cost of living index in Sterling City: 79.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 16.8%
(18.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
  • Races in Sterling City, TX (2010)
    • 53159.8%White alone
    • 32436.5%Hispanic
    • 131.5%Black alone
    • 111.2%Two or more races
    • 70.8%American Indian alone
    • 20.2%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Texas and other state lists, there were 5 registered sex offenders living in Sterling City, Texas as of December 05, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Sterling City is 200 to 1.


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Ancestries: French (11.5%), Irish (6.4%), German (5.4%), American (5.1%), English (3.3%), Scotch-Irish (1.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 0.98 square miles.

Population density: 1,016 people per square mile   (low).

Sterling City, Texas map

71 residents are foreign born (5.6% Latin America, 0.9% Africa).

This city:

7.0%
Texas:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,323 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $641 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: San Angelo, TX (41.2 miles , pop. 88,439).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Austin, TX (219.4 miles , pop. 656,562).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Antonio, TX (221.2 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities:

Carlsbad, TX (5.1 miles ),
Forsan, TX (5.4 miles ),
Garden City, TX (5.4 miles ),
Robert Lee, TX (5.4 miles ),
Grape Creek, TX (5.6 miles ),
Lake Colorado City, TX (5.9 miles ),
Westbrook, TX (6.0 miles ),
West Tom Green, TX (6.0 miles )

Latitude: 31.84 N, Longitude: 100.99 W

Area code: 325

Distribution of median household income in Sterling City, TX in 2017
Distribution of house value in Sterling City, TX in 2017

Sterling City satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.0%
Texas:

3.5%
Most common industries in Sterling City, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (13.0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (8.5%)
  • Health care (8.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.0%)
  • Utilities (6.5%)
  • Public administration (6.3%)
  • Construction (5.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (14.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (11.9%)
  • Utilities (9.3%)
  • Construction (7.1%)
  • Educational services (7.1%)
  • Petroleum & petroleum products merchant wholesalers (5.2%)
  • Truck transportation (4.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (21.4%)
  • Health care (17.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (9.4%)
  • Public administration (8.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.2%)
Most common occupations in Sterling City, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.1%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (4.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.5%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (7.1%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.3%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.8%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.3%)
  • Financial clerks, except bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (4.7%)

Average climate in Sterling City, Texas

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Tornado activity:

Sterling City-area historical tornado activity is below Texas state average. It is 21% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/11/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 32.1 miles away from the Sterling City city center killed 13 people and injured 159 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/30/1952, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 40.6 miles away from the city center injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Sterling City-area historical earthquake activity is above Texas state average. It is 55% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 83.4 miles away from Sterling City center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 177.6 miles away from the city center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 128.6 miles away from the city center
On 12/19/2005 at 20:27:40, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.1 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 213.9 miles away from Sterling City center
On 4/15/1995 at 14:33:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 175.9 miles away from Sterling City center
On 1/29/2008 at 10:24:53, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 73.7 miles away from Sterling City center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sterling County (6) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 3, Hurricanes: 3 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Sterling City topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Sterling City:

  • STERLING COUNTY HOSPITAL (ENNIS AND WAXAHACHIE BOX 3)
  • STERLING COUNTY NURSING HOME (309 FIFTH ST)

Airports located in Sterling City:

See details about airports located in Sterling City, TX

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sterling City:

  • Howard College (about 40 miles; Big Spring, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,587)
  • Angelo State University (about 42 miles; San Angelo, TX; FT enrollment: 6,019)
  • Midland College (about 68 miles; Midland, TX; FT enrollment: 3,650)
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (about 80 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 2,982)
  • Odessa College (about 83 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 3,107)
  • Abilene Christian University (about 87 miles; Abilene, TX; FT enrollment: 4,025)
  • Cisco College (about 124 miles; Cisco, TX; FT enrollment: 2,687)

Public high schools in Sterling City:

Public elementary/middle school in Sterling City:

See full list of schools located in Sterling City

Library in Sterling City:

  • STERLING COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $32,531; Location: 301 MAIN; 8,750 books; 420 audio materials; 380 video materials; 50 state licensed databases; 8 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Sterling City: Sterling County Fire Department (A), Sterling County Emergency Medical Services (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
Texas:

2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

74.9%
Whole state:

69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.2%
Whole state:

6.0%


No gay or lesbian households reported

35 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
25 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Sterling City (2011 data):

  • The First National Bank of Sterling City: The First National Bank Of Sterling at 602 4th St, branch established on 1910/08/02. Info updated 2010/06/02: Bank assets: $112.5 mil, Deposits: $102.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Sterling City Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Sterling City:

Marital status in Sterling City, TX
  • Never married: 14.9%
  • Now married: 55.5%
  • Separated: 3.1%
  • Widowed: 8.8%
  • Divorced: 17.6%

For population 25 years and over in Sterling City:

  • High school or higher: 85.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Unemployed: 2.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.6
Texas average:

14.0

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Sterling City
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Sterling City, TX (based on Sterling County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4344
Mainline Protestant3311
Catholic1001
Other7-
None271-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

8.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Sterling County:

8.08 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Sterling County:

16.16 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.9%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.3%
Texas:

26.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Sterling City:

47.3%
Texas:

48.0%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Sterling City:

44.0%
State:

46.4%

Average BMI:
Sterling City:

28.6
Texas:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Sterling City:

22.5%
Texas:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

10.4%
Texas:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Texas:

6.8

Overweight people:
Sterling City:

34.3%
State:

33.0%

General health condition:
Sterling City:

52.9%
State:

55.5%

Average condition of hearing:
Sterling City:

77.5%
Texas:

80.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Sterling City, TX Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 9$12,003$16,0040$0
Water Supply 1$5,974$71,6880$0
Parks and Recreation 1$4,982$59,7840$0
Sewerage 1$4,244$50,9280$0
Streets and Highways 1$4,376$52,5120$0
Totals for Government 13$31,579$29,1500$0

Sterling City government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $456,000 ($459.21)
    Sewerage: $165,000 ($166.16)
    Water Utilities: $123,000 ($123.87)
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000 ($6.04)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $191,000 ($192.35)

Sterling City government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $60,000 ($60.42)
    Parks and Recreation: $7,000 ($7.05)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $5,000 ($5.04)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $162,000 ($163.14)
  • State Intergovernmental - Sewerage: $42,000 ($42.30)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $146,000 ($147.03)
    Property: $128,000 ($128.90)

Sterling City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $514,000 ($517.62)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sterling City:

  • KGKL (960 AM; 5 kW; SAN ANGELO, TX; Owner: KGKL, INC.)
  • KCRS (550 AM; 5 kW; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKYX (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KTKR (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WBAP (820 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: WBAP-KSCS OPERATING, LTD.)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KAHZ (1360 AM; 50 kW; HURST, TX)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • WOAI (1200 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KESS (1270 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: KESS-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KRLD (1080 AM; 50 kW; DALLAS, TX; Owner: TEXAS INFINITY BROADCASTING L.P.)
  • KZMP (1540 AM; 50 kW; UNIVERSITY PARK, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sterling City:

  • KCSE (96.5 FM; STERLING CITY, TX; Owner: GRAHAM BROTHERS COMM., L.L.C..)
  • KUTX (90.1 FM; SAN ANGELO, TX; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN)

TV broadcast stations around Sterling City:

  • KIDY (Channel 6; SAN ANGELO, TX; Owner: SAGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K44FJ (Channel 44; SAN ANGELO, TX; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)

Sterling City fatal accident list:

Nov 30, 2011 03:54 PM, Us-87, Ennis St, Lat: 31.836303, Lon: -100.983164, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jan 24, 1990 04:15 PM, Mainstreet, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Oct 29, 1985 07:00 PM, 87, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2
Oct 3, 1982 04:50 AM, 87, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 17Number of bridges
  • 56ft / 17.4mTotal length
  • $6,000Total costs
  • 74,490Total average daily traffic
  • 14,541Total average daily truck traffic
  • 104,240Total future (year 2028) average daily traffic
New bridges in Sterling City, TX - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 41950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Sterling City, TX

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: AA5SN, Previous Call Sign: KI5EW, Licensee ID: L00216944, Grant Date: 03/10/2000, Expiration Date: 06/05/2010, Cancellation Date: 01/04/2008, Registrant: Ralph M Sides, Sterling City, TX 76951
  • Call Sign: KC5DIP, Grant Date: 09/21/1993, Expiration Date: 09/21/2003, Cancellation Date: 09/22/2005, Registrant: Joshua Z Sides, Box 1026 13th, Sterling City, TX 76951
  • Call Sign: N5FTL, Previous Call Sign: KA5PQU, Licensee ID: L00069515, Grant Date: 02/05/2013, Expiration Date: 02/05/2023, Registrant: Royal D Ferguson, Sterling City, TX 76951

Most common first names in Sterling City, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1179.0 years
James1072.9 years
William884.2 years
Mary775.3 years
Maria564.2 years
Minnie587.0 years
Robert567.8 years
Juan467.5 years
Thomas479.8 years
Bertha392.4 years
Most common last names in Sterling City, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Foster1675.9 years
Reed779.0 years
Rodriguez662.7 years
Martin577.8 years
Bailey584.8 years
Davis584.2 years
Glass584.8 years
Durham492.8 years
Allen473.0 years
Mcentire479.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Sterling City, TX
  • 56.2%Electricity
  • 33.1%Utility gas
  • 6.0%Wood
  • 4.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Sterling City, TX
  • 46.3%Electricity
  • 36.6%Utility gas
  • 17.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Sterling City compared to Texas state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There are 7 pilots and 1 other airmen in this city.
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