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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Sterling is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 8,000. Sterling is in Worcester County. Living in Sterling offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Sterling there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Sterling and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Sterling are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$340,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,270
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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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
    86.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    148.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    740.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    86.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    19%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Sterling

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$102,500
National
$55,322
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Sterling Reviews

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I have lived in Sterling for 17 years and I have loved every moment of it. The overwhelming sense of community here is excellent, with events and fundraisers to help those in need and bring us together. From Give. Love. Fight. and our annual Tree Lighting to the Fire Station Barbeque and our Memorial and Veterans Day parades featuring our local Girl and Boy Scout troops. Growing up here has been a privledge unlike any, seeing so many displays of love and compassion for families in hardships. I have been a part of the Girl Scouts for 10 years, Young Adults Helping Out Others for 3 years and a student in town from preschool to grade 8. I have truly enjoyed the opptunities to volunteer and help better the town I love.
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Sterling, Massachusetts is a quaint little town with lots of space and farmland. The views are very beautiful, and the center of town is a great place to hang out with friends. Sterling is a close-knit community, and everyone is welcoming.
Sterling is my hometown and one that I love. I grew up going to the local nursery school and now I work there during summers and vacations. I also attended the small elementary and middle school in Sterling. Sterling is a regional school district, so for high school, I was bused to the the neighboring town of Holden and attended a high school with over 2000 students from 5 neighboring towns. Sterling is a farm town and each year we hold the Sterling Fair in town. Local farmers displaying their animals, tractor pulls and frog jumping contests were a few things I've experienced at the Sterling Fair. Sterling is a small family oriented town. One where most people know each other. I look forward to raising my family in Sterling someday.