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    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Sterling Heights is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 131,996. Sterling Heights is in Macomb County. Living in Sterling Heights offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sterling Heights there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Sterling Heights and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Sterling Heights are above average.
About Sterling Heights...
Population
131,996

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$164,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$949
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    133
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    31.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    104.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    806.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    91.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Sterling Heights

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,344
National
$55,322
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Great City that has great parks , three nice malls including famous Somerset Mall close by, Restaurants, close to Lake St. Clair if you like boating, and all major expressways. Best location ever. Good schools too. Would highly recommend it for a great place to live!
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I love my city! It is very clean and safe. Everyone here is super friendly and we all get along very well. The real estate market has been rising these past years making the houses here pretty affordable. The schools here are pretty good and the teachers are very good at doing their job which is teaching students.
My experience is mostly positive as I have grown up here since I was a small child. Public education is satisfactory since you have great access to a variety of different education such as IB, AP, and honors classes especially within Warren Consolidated Schools as well as the International Academy of Macomb. Furthermore, the area is highly diverse and has a welcoming environment regarding the Sterling Fest events.