For population 25 years and over in Sterling:
For population 15 years and over in Sterling town:
130 residents are foreign born
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Worcester, MA (11.7 miles , pop. 172,648).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (35.9 miles , pop. 589,141).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (154.5 miles , pop. 1,332,650).
Nearest cities: South Lancaster, MA (2.1 miles ), Clinton, MA (2.1 miles ), West Boylston, MA (2.3 miles ), Lancaster, MA (2.4 miles ), Princeton, MA (2.4 miles ), Leominster, MA (2.5 miles ), Boylston, MA (2.7 miles ).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
Latitude: 42.44 N, Longitude: 71.77 W
Area code: 978
City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.
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Crime rate in Sterling detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 17 (13 officers).
Work and jobs in Sterling: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Sterling, Massachusetts
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Sterling-area historical tornado activity is above Massachusetts state average. It is 20% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 6/9/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 16.0 miles away from the Sterling town center killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.
On 6/22/1981, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.1 miles away from the town center injured 3 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Sterling-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Massachusetts state average. It is 75% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 74.1 miles away from the city center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 26.5 miles away from Sterling center
On 10/2/1994 at 14:36:36, a magnitude 3.3 (3.1 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 23.3 miles away from the city center
On 7/22/2003 at 11:41:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 92.1 miles away from the city center
On 10/6/1992 at 15:38:04, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.2 miles away from Sterling center
On 6/16/2000 at 04:02:53, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 6.1 mi) earthquake occurred 58.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Worcester County (20) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 9
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 4, Blizzards: 2, Floods: 2, Snows: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Birthplace of: Jay Cutler (bodybuilder) - Bodybuilder, Prentiss Mellen - Judge, Nathaniel Wright - Politician, Patrick Tatten - Film actor.
Airports located in Sterling:
Amtrak station near Sterling:
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sterling:
Public elementary/middle schools in Sterling:
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Library in Sterling:
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.533. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.8 miles away from the city center.
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.09. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 11.2 miles away from the city center.
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 27.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.2 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 8.78. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.0 miles away from the city center.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 13.8. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.8 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.5. This is about average. There were 3 monitors within city limits.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Sterling and their reported violations in the past:STERLING WATER DEPARTMENT (Population served: 8020, Groundwater_under_infl_of_surface_water):
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Average household size:
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Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
4 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
Sterling compared to Massachusetts state average:
Banks with branches in Sterling (2011 data):
Fire-safe hotels and motels in Sterling, Massachusetts:
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
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2008 Presidential Elections Results
2012 Presidential Elections Results
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Religion statistics for Sterling (based on Worcester County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 57.43%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
Tables represent county-level data.
Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 135
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 140
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 174
Number of full-service restaurants: 569
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
4.47% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($50,737 average adjusted gross income)
0.14% of residents moved from foreign countries ($421 average AGI)
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
4.90% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($51,085 average adjusted gross income)
0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($610 average AGI)
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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See more detailed statistics of Sterling fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 31See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Sterling, MA
Total length: 101 meters (331ft)
Total costs: $22,699,000
Total average daily traffic: 413,540
Total average daily truck traffic: 55,866
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 653,107
FCC Registered Antenna Towers:20 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Sterling)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Sterling, MA)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:4
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:1
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Sterling)
FAA Registered Aircraft:23 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Sterling)
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Sterling, MA
Total of 167 patent applications in 2008-2014.