Sterling, Kansas

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Population in 2019: 2,209 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -16.4%
 
Males: 1,113  (50.4%)
Females: 1,096  (49.6%)
Median resident age:

28.6 years
Kansas median age:

37.2 years

Zip codes: 67579.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $49,550 (it was $35,282 in 2000)
Sterling:

$49,550
KS:

$62,087

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $20,799 (it was $13,229 in 2000)

Sterling city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $89,604 (it was $58,300 in 2000)
Sterling:

$89,604
KS:

$163,200

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $105,846; detached houses: $106,567; mobile homes: $51,449

Median gross rent in 2019: $580.

March 2019 cost of living index in Sterling: 78.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 19.7%
(19.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 29.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 55.6% for other race residents)
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  • Races in Sterling, KS (2019)
    • 2,21085.1%White alone
    • 1907.3%Hispanic
    • 983.8%Black alone
    • 421.6%Two or more races
    • 220.8%American Indian alone
    • 150.6%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 110.4%Asian alone

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



According to our research of Kansas and other state lists, there were 5 registered sex offenders living in Sterling, Kansas as of January 23, 2022.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Sterling is 499 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Sterling by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2014

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(39.6)
2
(79.4)
1
(39.4)
1
(42.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(44.4)
0
(0.0)
2
(91.2)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(44.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
2
(77.1)
7
(275.9)
3
(118.9)
3
(119.0)
2
(78.7)
2
(85.4)
2
(85.5)
2
(87.3)
1
(43.8)
1
(44.4)
1
(45.2)
1
(45.6)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
9
(347.0)
13
(512.4)
12
(475.6)
10
(396.8)
12
(472.3)
15
(640.2)
10
(427.7)
35
(1,528)
5
(218.8)
4
(177.5)
8
(361.3)
13
(592.5)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
26
(1,002)
15
(591.2)
33
(1,308)
35
(1,389)
31
(1,220)
32
(1,366)
17
(727.1)
19
(829.7)
9
(393.9)
18
(798.9)
18
(813.0)
18
(820.4)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
3
(115.7)
4
(157.7)
2
(79.3)
3
(119.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(42.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(87.5)
2
(88.8)
5
(225.8)
1
(45.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
2
(77.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(39.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(42.8)
1
(43.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(45.2)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index89.1127.3147.4180.2129.1154.176.1157.646.8109.284.9160.0

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Sterling, KS

Crime rate in Sterling detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 5 (5 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.28
Kansas average:

2.41
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Ancestries: German (27.0%), American (10.3%), Irish (7.7%), Scotch-Irish (5.6%), Italian (3.0%), European (2.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1876

Elevation: 1640 feet

Land area: 1.42 square miles.

Population density: 1,556 people per square mile   (low).

Sterling, Kansas map

47 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.8%
Kansas:

7.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,833 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,855 (2.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Wichita, KS (59.5 miles , pop. 344,284).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (382.7 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Alden, KS (2.5 miles),
Nickerson, KS (2.8 miles ),
Lyons, KS (3.0 miles ),
Raymond, KS (3.5 miles),
Chase, KS (3.6 miles ),
Willowbrook, KS (3.7 miles),
Abbyville, KS (4.1 miles),
Little River, KS (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 38.21 N, Longitude: 98.20 W

Area code: 620

Distribution of median household income in Sterling, KS in 2019
Distribution of house value in Sterling, KS in 2019
Sterling satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 3 buildings, average cost: $60,300
  • 1998: 2 buildings, average cost: $63,000
  • 1999: 6 buildings, average cost: $118,600
  • 2000: 4 buildings, average cost: $78,500
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $78,800
  • 2003: 3 buildings, average cost: $115,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2005: 3 buildings, average cost: $137,300
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $227,500
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $150,000
  • 2015: 1 building, cost: $130,000
  • 2016: 5 buildings, average cost: $156,000
  • 2017: 3 buildings, average cost: $192,700
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2019: 1 building, cost: $150,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Sterling, KS residents
Average permit cost in Sterling, KS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.7%
Kansas:

5.3%
Population change in the 1990s: +431 (+19.5%).
Most common industries in Sterling, KS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (31.4%)
  • Health care (8.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.3%)
  • Construction (3.7%)
  • Truck transportation (3.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (13.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (8.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.1%)
  • Construction (6.4%)
  • Truck transportation (6.1%)
  • Machinery (5.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (46.7%)
  • Health care (13.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.5%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (4.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (1.8%)
Most common occupations in Sterling, KS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (9.2%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (7.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8.6%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6.3%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.8%)
  • Computer specialists (4.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (15.9%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (13.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.9%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.1%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.9%)

Average climate in Sterling, Kansas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Sterling, Kansas average temperatures Sterling, Kansas average precipitation Sterling, Kansas humidity Sterling, Kansas wind speed Sterling, Kansas snowfall Sterling, Kansas sunshine Sterling, Kansas clear and cloudy days

Sterling, Kansas environmental map by EPA

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Tornado activity:

Sterling-area historical tornado activity is near Kansas state average. It is 108% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/13/1990, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 32.1 miles away from the Sterling city center killed one person and injured 60 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 3/26/1991, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.5 miles away from the city center injured 5 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Sterling-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kansas state average. It is 749% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 142.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi) earthquake occurred 201.7 miles away from Sterling center
On 11/12/2014 at 21:40:00, a magnitude 4.9 (4.9 MW, Depth: 2.5 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 72.4 miles away from Sterling center
On 2/13/2016 at 17:07:06, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 5.2 mi) earthquake occurred 122.2 miles away from Sterling center
On 1/19/2020 at 19:08:42, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 18.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/2015 at 09:49:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi) earthquake occurred 101.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rice County (18) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 10, Winds: 7, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Sterling topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Sterling:

  • STERLING PRESBYTERIAN MANOR (204 W WASHINGTON ST)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Sterling:

  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - LYONS (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; LYONS, KS)
  • LYONS GOOD SAMARITAN CTR (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; LYONS, KS)
  • HOSPITAL DISTRICT #1 OF RICE COUNTY Critical Access Hospitals (about 10 miles away; LYONS, KS)

Amtrak station near Sterling:

  • 19 miles: HUTCHINSON (3RD & WALNUT STS.) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

College/University in Sterling:

  • Sterling College (Full-time enrollment: 600; Location: 125 W. Cooper; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.sterling.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sterling:

  • Hutchinson Community College (about 19 miles; Hutchinson, KS; Full-time enrollment: 4,174)
  • Barton County Community College (about 32 miles; Great Bend, KS; FT enrollment: 4,108)
  • Newman University (about 59 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,066)
  • Friends University (about 59 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,024)
  • Wichita Technical Institute (about 60 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,015)
  • Wichita State University (about 61 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 11,743)
  • Wichita Area Technical College (about 63 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,220)

Public high school in Sterling:

Public elementary/middle school in Sterling:

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Library in Sterling:

  • STERLING FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $78,894; Location: 138 N. BROADWAY; 19,878 books; 506 audio materials; 1,741 video materials; 30 state licensed databases; 87 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Sterling: Sterling Municipal Power Plant (A), Sterling Police Department (B), Sterling Free Public Library (C), Sterling City Hall (D), Sterling Chamber of Commerce (E), Sterling Volunteer Fire Department (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Sterling include: Calvary Baptist Church (A), Assembly of God Church (B), Sterling Grant Chapel (C), First Baptist Church (D), Reformed Presbyterian Church (E), First United Methodist Church (F), United Presbyterian Church of Sterling (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: The Sterling Chamber of Commerce (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 112 South Broadway Avenue).

Hotel: Sterling Inn (430 South Broadway Avenue).

Birthplace of: Alexander Pearson, Jr. - Aviator, Kenneth Porter (poet) - Poet, Martin Pence - Judge.

Rice County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Kansas:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

64.9%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

3.4%
Whole state:

5.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
467 people in college/university student housing in 2010
42 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
726 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) in 2000

Banks with branches in Sterling (2011 data):

  • The Alden State Bank: at 124 North Broadway Avenue, branch established on 1904/01/01. Info updated 2012/03/01: Bank assets: $19.7 mil, Deposits: $17.5 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Alden Bancshares, Inc.
  • First Bank: at 128 South Broadway Avenue, branch established on 1907/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $113.9 mil, Deposits: $84.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Coronado, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Sterling:

Marital status in Sterling, KS
  • Never married: 42.9%
  • Now married: 41.8%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 5.8%
  • Divorced: 9.0%

For population 25 years and over in Sterling:

  • High school or higher: 92.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 33.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 18.1%
  • Unemployed: 12.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 11.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.2
Kansas average:

11.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Sterling
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Sterling, KS (based on Rice County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,24418
Evangelical Protestant1,34413
Catholic1,1003
Black Protestant2452
Other4-
None4,146-
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: 3
Here:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Rice County:

4.98 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

6.97 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Rice County:

8.9%
Kansas:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.8%
Kansas:

27.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Rice County:

23.8%
Kansas:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

48.6%
Kansas:

49.2%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Sterling:

44.0%
State:

46.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.7
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Sterling:

21.8%
Kansas:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Sterling:

16.7%
Kansas:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Sterling:

30.5%
Kansas:

33.5%

General health condition:
Sterling:

55.6%
Kansas:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Sterling:

77.0%
State:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Sterling, KS Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2018)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Electric Power 6$28,249$56,4980$0
Police Protection - Officers 5$21,251$51,0022$834
Financial Administration 2$10,875$65,2500$0
Other Government Administration 2$10,900$65,4000$0
Sewerage 1$4,425$53,1000$0
Water Supply 1$5,793$69,5160$0
Streets and Highways 1$4,508$54,0960$0
Parks and Recreation 1$5,573$66,8760$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 2$621
Totals for Government 19$91,574$57,8364$1,455

Sterling government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $207,000 ($93.71)
    Sewerage: $10,000 ($4.53)
    Water Utilities: $7,000 ($3.17)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $1,966,000 ($890.00)
    Police Protection: $464,000 ($210.05)
    Financial Administration: $308,000 ($139.43)
    Sewerage: $227,000 ($102.76)
    Water Utilities: $225,000 ($101.86)
    Regular Highways: $78,000 ($35.31)
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000 ($32.14)
    Local Fire Protection: $18,000 ($8.15)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $49,000 ($22.18)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $983,000 ($445.00)

Sterling government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $385,000 ($174.29)
    Parks and Recreation: $12,000 ($5.43)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $2,437,000 ($1103.21)
    Water Utilities: $289,000 ($130.83)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $67,000 ($30.33)
    General Local Government Support: $1,000 ($0.45)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $463,000 ($209.60)
    Property: $433,000 ($196.02)
    Public Utility License: $4,000 ($1.81)

Sterling government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $817,000 ($369.85)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $609,000 ($275.69)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $208,000 ($94.16)

Sterling government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,522,000 ($1141.69)

5.36% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($39,193 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.36%
Kansas average:

6.44%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Reno County, KS  1.00% ($43,686 average AGI)


7.73% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,408 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.73%
Kansas average:

7.12%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Reno County, KS  1.42% ($32,941 average AGI)
to Sedgwick County, KS  0.56% ($42,250)
Businesses in Sterling, KS
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Kroger1Quiznos1

Strongest AM radio stations in Sterling:

  • KVGB (1590 AM; 5 kW; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO INC.)
  • KFTI (1070 AM; 10 kW; WICHITA, KS; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KWBW (1450 AM; 1 kW; HUTCHINSON, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KRMG (740 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KWLS (1290 AM; 5 kW; PRATT, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSAL (1150 AM; 5 kW; SALINA, KS; Owner: EBC INC.)
  • KFAQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KMYR (1410 AM; 5 kW; WICHITA, KS; Owner: AGAPE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KFRM (550 AM; 5 kW; SALINA, KS; Owner: TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFH (1330 AM; 5 kW; WICHITA, KS; Owner: ENTERCOM WICHITA LICENSE, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sterling:

  • KHMY (93.1 FM; PRATT, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KXKU (106.1 FM; LYONS, KS; Owner: AD ASTRA PER ASPERA B/CING, INC.)
  • KGGG (94.7 FM; STERLING, KS; Owner: AD ASTRA PER ASPERA BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KHCC-FM (90.1 FM; HUTCHINSON, KS; Owner: HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY JR. COLLEGE)
  • KHUT (102.9 FM; HUTCHINSON, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KVGB-FM (104.3 FM; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KHOK (100.7 FM; HOISINGTON, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KFDI-FM (101.3 FM; WICHITA, KS; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • K258AE (99.5 FM; HUTCHINSON, KS; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Sterling:

  • KWCH-TV (Channel 12; HUTCHINSON, KS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KPTS (Channel 8; HUTCHINSON, KS; Owner: KANSAS PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE, INC.)
  • KOOD (Channel 9; HAYS, KS; Owner: SMOKY HILLS PUBLIC TELEVISION CORP.)
  • KSNC (Channel 2; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION OF WICHITA)
  • KSCC (Channel 36; HUTCHINSON, KS; Owner: MERCURY BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KWCV (Channel 33; WICHITA, KS; Owner: WLBB BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
Sterling fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019

Sterling fatal accident list:

Jan 13, 2018 87:99 PM, 22nd Rd, Lat: 38.299756, Lon: -98.091114, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Feb 13, 2013 04:47 PM, 20th Rd, Lat: 38.218233, Lon: -98.124481, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Jun 17, 1987 11:38 AM, 4th, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 19Number of bridges
  • 207ft / 63.3mTotal length
  • $2,647,000Total costs
  • 7,393Total average daily traffic
  • 1,137Total average daily truck traffic
  • 8,284Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
New bridges in Sterling, KS - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 21930-1939
  • 81950-1959
  • 51970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 21990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Sterling, KS

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Sterling)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Sterling, KS)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

4
  • Sterling 1, Lat: 38.206472 Lon: -98.206722, Type: Mast, Structure height: 32 m, Overall height: 33 m, Call Sign: WQLD586,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz, Grant Date: 02/12/2019, Expiration Date: 02/14/2021, Cancellation Date: 03/09/2021, Certifier: Jimmy Todd, Registrant: Herman & Whiteaker, LLC, 6720b Rockledge Drive, Suite 150, Bethesda, MD 20817, Phone: (202) 600-7273, Fax: (202) 706-6056, Email:
  • Sterling 1, Lat: 38.206472 Lon: -98.206694, Type: Mast, Structure height: 32 m, Overall height: 33 m, Call Sign: WQLD586,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz, Grant Date: 02/12/2019, Expiration Date: 02/14/2021, Cancellation Date: 03/09/2021, Certifier: Jimmy Todd, Registrant: Herman & Whiteaker, LLC, 6720b Rockledge Drive, Suite 150, Bethesda, MD 20817, Phone: (202) 600-7273, Fax: (202) 706-6056, Email:
  • STERLING TWR, Se Of Intersection W95th Ave And Jordan Springs Rd (Lat: 38.158194 Lon: -98.361861), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 106.7 m, Call Sign: WRCW969,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz... (+10 more), Grant Date: 02/15/2019, Expiration Date: 02/15/2029, Certifier: Patrick Parke, Registrant: Micronet Communications, Inc., 812 Lexington Dr, Plano, TX 75075, Phone: (972) 422-7200, Email:
  • STERLING, Se Of Intersection W95th Ave And Jordan Springs Rd (Lat: 38.158194 Lon: -98.361861), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 106.7 m, Call Sign: WRFF421, Licensee ID: L00003028,
    Assigned Frequencies: 952.181 MHz, 928.181 MHz, Grant Date: 02/19/2020, Expiration Date: 02/19/2030, Certifier: Randy Van Allen, Registrant: Midwest Energy Inc., 1330 Canterbury Drive, Hays, KS 67601, Phone: (800) 222-3121, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Sterling)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Sterling)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 17. The highest number of fires - 62 took place in 2011, and the least - 0 in 2003. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Sterling, KS When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (72.4%), and Structure Fires (17.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Sterling, KS
    • 21372.4%Outside Fires
    • 5217.7%Structure Fires
    • 206.8%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 93.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Sterling, KS
Most common first names in Sterling, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2778.3 years
Mary2582.4 years
Robert2469.1 years
James2276.3 years
Charles1676.3 years
Helen1683.6 years
William1475.6 years
Ethel1384.9 years
George1174.3 years
Roy1175.7 years
Most common last names in Sterling, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1676.0 years
Johnson1582.5 years
Miller1276.5 years
Zimmerman1284.2 years
Brown1075.3 years
Hauschild1083.5 years
Proffitt971.3 years
Bennett985.3 years
Wilkey984.6 years
Ray880.5 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Sterling, KS
  • 76.9%Utility gas
  • 12.5%Electricity
  • 4.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.5%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Sterling, KS
  • 73.3%Utility gas
  • 26.7%Electricity


Sterling compared to Kansas state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.

Sterling on our top lists:

  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) (population 1,000+)"
There are 3 pilots and no other airmen in this city.
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