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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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 132,470. Sterling Heights is in Macomb County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. 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 highly rated.
About Sterling Heights...
Population
132,470

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,000
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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Sterling Heights Rankings

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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
    93.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    69
    500.1
  • Theft
    713.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    72
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Sterling Heights

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,126
National
$55,322
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Sterling Heights is located in Macomb county and it is considered a suburban area. What I like about Sterling Heights is the diversity and the average prices of products (not too expensive but not very cheap either). There are many clean and nice apartments to rent or buy in this city. I have lived in this city for almost 4 years now and I never had a problem with our neighbors! Most people here are respectful. It's a quiet area and there are many stores around, specially grocery stores. There are many restaurants and cultural restaurants in and around the area, which makes it a really fun are to live in. But I wish the roads will get fixed and become better. Also, I hope they start working more on improving their public schools.
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Sterling Heights is a great city. I like the people here and it reminds my parents of Iraq. There are a lot of Chaldeans who live here. The demeanor is chill and outgoing. We have some of the nicest parks in Michigan. Personally, Dodge Park is a must for travelers to Michigan. So, what are you waiting for? Visit Pure Michigan today!
I have lived in the City of Sterling Heights for all my life. I have had a wonderful experience thus far. The city officials provide such an amazing experience for every culture. The city is very diverse and seem to accommodate all areas of celebrations. This city have come together in many ways, providing fund raisers at the local police station to give to families that are in need. Also, the many back to school supplies that are made available as well. The city have come together providing meals for low income families throughout the summer and holidays. There are many job opportunities for all ages, summer employment that can lead to long term employment. There are also amazing opportunities in place to protect and assist our elderly. Providing shopping times, extended safe surroundings, and all extra services that may be needed. The City of Sterling Heights is a wonderful city to live in for families of all cultures.