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City of Sterling Heights
—  City  —
Motto: To Strive on Behalf of All.
Location of Sterling Heights, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°34′47″N 83°1′41″W / 42.57972°N 83.02806°W / 42.57972; -83.02806
Country United States
State Michigan
County Macomb
Incorporated 1968
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Richard J. Notte
 - City Manager Mark D. Vanderpool
 - Total 36.7 sq mi (95.0 km2)
 - Land 36.6 sq mi (94.9 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 614 ft (187 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 124,471
 Density 3,397.0/sq mi (1,311.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48310-48314
Area code(s) 586
FIPS code 26-76460[1]
GNIS feature ID 0638798[2]

Sterling Heights is a city in Macomb County of the U.S. state of Michigan, and one of Detroit's core suburbs. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 124,471. The Census Bureau's 2008 estimate placed the population at 127,160[3], making it the second largest Detroit suburb and the fourth largest city in Michigan.



  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 36.7 square miles (95.1 km²), of which, 36.6 square miles (94.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.14%) is water.
  • Sterling Heights is part of the Clinton River watershed, and branches of it flow through it.

Freedom Hill

One of the largest attractions is Freedom Hill Park. The massive complex features a large grassy area, which is often used for flea markets, car shows, or parking. The complex also is home to the Freedom Hill Amphitheater. The Amphitheater is the largest of its kind in Macomb County, second in the state only to the DTE Energy Music Theater. The complex also plays home to the massive Bethesda Church, which is one of the largest in the County.


Sterling Heights is well-known for its events.

  • The Memorial Day Parade held on Memorial Day.
  • Sterlingfest: A large event held on the first week of August. This event is held in Dodge Park, a large park near downtown Sterling Heights. During the event, Dodge Park is crowded with food stands and carnival rides. The event also features performances by several artists and groups, some local, some well known.
  • American-Polish Festival: This festival often has large turnout, due to the large Polish population in Sterling Heights, and surrounding cities such as Troy and Warren. The event mainly consists of performances by local Polish bands.

Main highways

Sterling Heights sits on two main thoroughfares:

State highways

Unnumbered roads

  • Mound Road is an important north-south artery in the city.
  • East-west travel is mainly on the mile roads, that is 14 Mile Road on the south (Warren) border through 20 Mile Road (M-59) on the north border. See Mile Road System (Detroit).
  • 16 Mile Road (known as Metropolitan Parkway to the east, and Big Beaver Road to the west) is a main thoroughfare.
  • Utica Road is an important diagonal connector that criss-crosses the city from southeast to northwest, going at the intersection of Dodge Park Road (across from the Sterling Heights city hall, and across the road from Dodge Park) through the first roundabout in Macomb County.
  • Dequindre Road is the border between the city of Sterling Heights and the city of Troy. It is also the border between Macomb County and Oakland County.

Adjacent cities


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 124,471 people, 46,319 households, and 33,395 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,397.0 per square mile (1,311.6/km²). There were 47,547 housing units at an average density of 1,297.6/sq mi (501.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.70% White, 1.30% African American, 0.21% Native American, 4.92% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. 1.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Ancestries: Polish (19.0%), German (14.4%), Italian (12.5%), Irish (5.7%), English (5.0), Assyrian/Chaldean (4.8%) and American/US (4.0%).

In 2000 there were more people in Sterling Heights born in Iraq than any other foreign country. In that year there were 5,059 people in Sterling Heights born in Iraq. The next three largest nations of foreign birth were India at 1,723, Italy at 1,442 and Poland at 1,427.[4]

There were 46,319 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $60,494, and the median income for a family was $70,140. Males had a median income of $51,207 versus $31,489 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,958. About 4.0% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Sterling Heights was incorporated as a city in 1968. It was until the 1950s an agricultural area largely devoted to growing rhubarb and other crops sold in Detroit.[5] Prior to 1968 Sterling Heights was known as Sterling Township. It had from 1836 until 1838 been known as Jefferson Township.

Anthony Dobry was the last township supervisor, and then he served on the first city council. Dobry Road on the northern city limits is named for him. Gerald Donovan became the first mayor of the city. There was already a small village named Sterling in Arenac County, so the word "Heights" was added to the township name to satisfy a state law that prevents incorporated municipalities from having the same name. "Sterling Oaks" was another name under consideration for the new city.[6]

The August 2006 issue of Money magazine listed Sterling Heights as No. 19 on its list of the 90 "Best Small Cities" to live in.

Sterling Heights was ranked the sixth safest city in the U.S. with a population between 100,000—499,999, according to Morgan Quitno's 2006 analysis of crime rates.


Sterling Heights is served by two public school districts, Utica Community Schools and Warren Consolidated Schools. Parkway Christian Academy is also located in Sterling Heights. Sterling Heights is also served by the Macomb Intermediate School District.


The city of Sterling Heights has two newspapers, the Sterling Heights Sentry (owned by C & G Newspapers), and the Sterling Heights Source (owned by Source Newspapers). The city also has two local channels. SHTV is run by the city's community relations department and usually features locally-produced programming (including City Council meetings) and community announcements. Another channel is used for the Sterling Heights Public Library, which usually features educational programs as well as whats happening at the library. You can find SHTV locally on Comcast channel 5, and on Wide Open West channel 10. The public library channel is found on Comcast channel 12 and WOW channel 20. The city's official radio station is AM 1700. The city also releases a seasonal magazine and a city calendar free of charge to each city household and business.

Notable residents


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Coordinates: 42°34′49″N 83°1′49″W / 42.58028°N 83.03028°W / 42.58028; -83.03028


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