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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A
Sterling is a town in Kansas with a population of 2,558. Sterling is in Rice County and is one of the best places to live in Kansas. Living in Sterling offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Sterling and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Sterling are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$81,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$520
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    44.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    44.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    177.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    798.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    88.8
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    24%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Sterling

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,469
National
$55,322
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Sterling Reviews

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I moved to Sterling, KS to work at Sterling College. I have been here for almost 2 years and have fell in love with the small town. Everyone I meet have a smile on their face, saying hello or good morning when you first see them. Sterling is still a very old, country style, farm town. Sterling provides several people with a at home feeling kinda like you feel when you visit your grandparents. The down side to Sterling is it is a small town that has limited active activities going on. A sonic has been built in Sterling along with a bowling alley but the "nightlife" is small unless you want to travel 30-60 minutes away.
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I love the small town feel of Sterling. There is a single stoplight. It has that "one horse town" kind of feel, but that only adds to the charm. Everybody knows everybody, and you find a way to fit in even if you don't fit in anywhere. The only downside is the options for "eating out" are Subway, Sonic, Broadway Marker, or Gambino's Pizza. Everything else is out of business, or close to it. You have to drive 45 minutes just to find a Walmart. It is slow in Sterling, but I love it that way.
A SMALL, QUIET TOWN. NICE TO RAISE CHILDREN. A SAFE PLACE TO BE. NOT MUCH TO DO FOR YOUNG ADULTS. LUCKILY, THERE ARE CLOSEBY TOWNS THAT HAVE MORE OPTIONS. THE LAKE IS VERY PRETTY AND HAS GOOD FISHING. THE POOL IS FUN FOR FAMILIES IN THE SUMMER TIME.