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Sterling, Kansas
—  City  —
Location of Sterling, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°12′38″N 98°12′16″W / 38.21056°N 98.20444°W / 38.21056; -98.20444
Country United States
State Kansas
County Rice
Area
 - Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 - Land 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,640 ft (500 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,642
 - Density 1,861.3/sq mi (718.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67579
Area code(s) 620
FIPS code 20-68200[1]
GNIS feature ID 0475908[2]

Sterling is a city in Rice County, Kansas, United States. The population was 2,642 at the 2000 census. Peace was the original name of the Quaker community now known as Sterling, but in 1876 the named was changed by two brothers that named the town for their father, Sterling Rosan. [3]

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Geography

Sterling is located at 38°12′38″N 98°12′16″W / 38.21056°N 98.20444°W / 38.21056; -98.20444 (38.210658, -98.204549)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.76%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,642 people, 819 households, and 538 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,861.3 people per square mile (718.4/km²). There were 963 housing units at an average density of 678.4/sq mi (261.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.42% White, 1.51% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.72% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

There were 819 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 32.9% from 18 to 24, 17.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,282, and the median income for a family was $40,739. Males had a median income of $32,381 versus $17,423 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,229. About 8.7% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Sterling College

Sterling College is the largest employer in the city of Sterling.

Sterling in films

  • 1955 : The sequence by the lake of Picnic, directed by Joshua Logan, was filmed in Sterling.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ Kansas Place-Names, John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, ISBN 0-8061-0994-7
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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