Sterling Heights is a mid-size city in Michigan with a population of just under 132,000. Retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (18%) here than nationally (14%). Most residents own their homes in Sterling Heights, and 28% of residents rent. Relatively high rent costs could be playing a role, as the average rent of $1,046/month is substantially higher than the state average of $874.
Sterling Heights has a relatively high concentration of residents older than 25 with an Associate's degree (7%) compared to the national average (5%). Additionally, 20% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. Many Sterling Heights residents work in one of four industries: manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and entertainment. Together, these industries account for 30% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 7% of the city's population works in sales, which ranks as the top field in the city. Sterling Heights workers take home an average annual income of around $74K, more than the Michigan average. However, the city's average income is fairly average compared to the national level of $73,345.
Sterling Heights has an average commute time of about 28 minutes. Driving is the typical mode of getting to work, chosen by 45% of commuters, while public transportation isn't extensively used. Not many workers commute on foot.