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Welcome to Sterling ...
The pronunciation of Sterling: STER-ling<2>
While we don't have a date for the founding of Sterling, you might consider that their post office opened in 1851.
When the people of Sterling refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Sterlingite<3>
From the Census Estimates for 2019, Sterling has a population of 14,468 people<4> (see below for details).
Sterling is 670 feet [204 m] above sea level.<5>.
Time Zone: Sterling lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time
Area codes for Sterling: (815) & (779)<6>
The ZIP code for Sterling: 61081<7>
Websites for Sterling ...
Official Website: www.ci.sterling.il.us/main/
Population Details ...
Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Sterling had an population of 14,468 people. This is a decrease of 5.87% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 6.36% since the 2000 Census).
At the time of the 2010 Census, Sterling had a population of 15,370 people (or 26.27% of the total population of Whiteside County). This makes Sterling the county's most populous community.
The population of Sterling represents 0.12% of the population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 161st most populous community.
With a 2010 count of 15,370 people, the population of Sterling has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 15,451 people).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Sterling.
Communities Also Named Sterling ...
Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 41 communities that are also named Sterling - they are located in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (2), Georgia, Idaho, 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.
Communities near Sterling ...
We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Sterling.
To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.
We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Sterling. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Sterling.
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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Sterling.
We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling. Our list includes 22 papers. See our Newspapers 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.
Adding Sterling to Our Gazetteer ...
We originally found mention of Sterling in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.
From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Sterling was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).
We also found Sterling on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1870.
For more details, see References and Mentions for Sterling.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Sterling: www.ci.sterling.il.us/main/
The official website for Whiteside County: www.whiteside.org/
The official website for State of Illinois: https://illinois.gov
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This page was last modified/updated: 04 Dec 2023