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Welcome to Sterling ...

The city of Sterling is located in Logan County and is the County Seat for Logan County.

The location of Sterling has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

When the people of Sterling refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Sterlingite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Sterling has a population of 13,630 people<3> (see below for details).

Sterling was incorporated December 3, 1884.

The community of Sterling is 3,930 feet [1,198 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Sterling is ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Sterling lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Sterling: (970)

The ZIP code for Sterling: 80751<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Sterling had a population of 14,777 people (or 65.07% of the total population of Logan County). This makes Sterling the county's most populous community.

The population of Sterling represents 0.29% of the population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 35th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 14,777 people, the population of Sterling increased 30.08% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 11,360 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Sterling had an population of 13,630 people. This is a decrease of 7.76% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 19.98% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Sterling.

Communities near Sterling ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Fleming   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the East (E) of Sterling

Merino   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Sterling

Iliff   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Sterling

Atwood   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Sterling

Padroni   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) of Sterling

Buchanan   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) of Sterling

Messex   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Sterling

Located in Washington County

Saint Petersburg   [Map]

Lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East (E) of Sterling

Burdett   [Map]

Lies 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Sterling

Located in Washington County

Peetz   [Map]

Lies 23 miles [37 km] to the North (N) of Sterling

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Sterling.

Communities Also Named Sterling ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 41 communities that are also named Sterling - they are located in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida (2), Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan (2), Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina (2), North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Sterling.

Websites for Sterling ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Sterling. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sterling. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling. Our list includes 20 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Sterling:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sterling ...

Looking for more information about Sterling? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Sterling, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Sterling.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for State of Colorado:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Sterling refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Sterling may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sterling.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Sterling - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Sterling). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Sterling or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sterling) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sterling. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sterling

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6226, Longitude: -103.1946     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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