Sterling Heights, Michigan

Sterling Heights: The second most populous city in Macomb County, Michigan. It is located in the eastern part of the county. Sterling Heights is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Sterling Heights Historical Museum and the Sterling Heights Civic Center.


Sterling Heights is a city located in the county of Macomb in the U.S. state of Michigan. Its population at the 2010 census was 129,699 and a population density of 1,361 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 131,709 inhabitants.

The city was created 55 years ago in 1967.

Sterling Heights is a city located in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. With a population of over 130,000, Sterling Heights is the fourth largest city in Michigan.


Sterling Heights was incorporated as a city in 1968. Prior to that, the area consisted of several separate communities including Sterling, Utica, and Van Dyke. The name “Sterling Heights” was chosen through a vote to reflect the desire to unite the communities into one unified city.

Early settlers were attracted to the area by the fertile land and abundant natural resources. By the early 20th century, the automobile industry helped the city thrive as a bedroom community for auto workers commuting to Detroit. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the city saw rapid growth as Detroit residents migrated to the suburbs.


The presence of major automotive facilities including the Chrysler Technical Center and General Dynamics tank plant provided an economic base in the early years. While manufacturing is still important, the city's economy has diversified significantly.

Today, Sterling Heights has a robust advanced manufacturing and research economy centered around defense, automotive technology, robotics, and advanced electronics. Major employers include Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Magna Electronics, Fanuc Robotics, and the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.


Popular attractions include the Sterling Heights Nature Center which has wildlife exhibits and wooded hiking trails, the Dodge Park Farmers Market featuring local produce and crafts, the UCS Science Discovery Center with hands-on science exhibits, and the Warren Mott Farmers Market held weekly during summer.

The city has an extensive parks system with over 1,000 acres of parkland. Major parks include Dodge Park, Clinton River Park, and Nelson Park.


With its diversity of industries, growing high-tech sector, plentiful parks and attractions, and location in metro Detroit, Sterling Heights offers its residents a high quality of life and opportunities for prosperity. The city has transformed from a collection of rural communities into a thriving suburban center.

Sterling Heights locator map
Location of Sterling Heights on Michigan map.

Quick Facts about Sterling Heights

Population : 131,709 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Michigan (United States)
County : Macomb County
Postal code : 48310–48314
Phone Area Codes : 586
Area : 95.31 km2
Altitude : 614 feet / 187 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1968 (55 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 10:37:08 (11th December 2023)
Density : 1,382 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 1.53% (2010-2020)
Weather : 37℉ Mostly Sunny 7-days weather
Sterling Heights City Hall image
Sterling Heights City Hall
Sterling Heights City Hall image


Sterling Heights is located at 42°34'49"N 83°1'49"W (42.5803100, -83.0302000).

Sterling Heights map


Sterling Heights forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. more


The population of Sterling Heights increased by 1.53% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 129,699 - census
2011 130,042 0.26% estimation process
2012 130,672 0.48% estimation process
2013 131,521 0.65% estimation process
2014 132,136 0.47% estimation process
2015 132,041 -0.07% estimation process
2016 132,522 0.36% estimation process
2017 132,681 0.12% estimation process
2018 132,725 0.03% estimation process
2019 132,438 -0.22% estimation process
2020 131,709 -0.55% estimation process

Sterling Heights zip code is 48310. County name: Macomb, County fips: 26099

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People born in Sterling Heights (18)

People born in Sterling Heights, including ice hockey player Patrick Davis, ice hockey player Shawn Chambers, ice hockey player Derian Hatcher, .


  • Frank Zombo (American football linebacker) he was born in 05/03/1987
  • Greg Pateryn (US ice hockey player) he was born in 20/06/1990
  • Angie Greenup (American actress) she was born in 30/03/1981
  • Anthony Joseph Zerilli (American mobster) he was born in 24/10/1927
  • Brad Jones (American ice hockey player) he was born in 26/06/1965
  • Bryan T. Donovan (American actor) he was born in 27/06/1973
  • Dave Pszenyczny (American ice hockey player) he was born in 18/02/1985
  • Shawn Hunwick (American ice hockey player) he was born in 09/04/1987
  • Tory Rocca (American politician) he was born in 01/01/1973
  • Martin Pakledinaz (American costume designer) he was born in 01/09/1953
  • Kevin DeVergilio (American-born Italian ice hockey player) he was born in 01/08/1986
  • Dana Duckworth (American college gymnastics coach, former elite and college gymnast) she was born in 01/01/1971
  • Diana Farrington (American politician in Michigan) she was born in 01/01/1965
  • Jim Szymanski (American football defensive end) he was born in 07/09/1967
  • Azaad Liadi (American soccer player) he was born in 14/05/1998

Schools in Sterling Heights

College & universities near Sterling Heights, MI

Code Name City ZIP
449977 Paul Mitchell the School-Michigan Sterling Heights (MI) 48313
488837 U.S. Truck Driver Training School Sterling Heights (MI) 48312-4518
381370 Michigan College of Beauty-Troy Troy (MI) 48083
169187 Carnegie Institute Troy (MI) 48083
169734 Dorsey School of Business-Madison Heights Madison Heights (MI) 48071

Stations (15)

Amtrak & bus stations near Sterling Heights, MI

Code Name Address Type
TRM Troy Transit Center 1201 Doyle Drive RAIL
ROY Royal Oak station 202 South Sherman Ave. RAIL
BMM Birmingham, Michigan 449 South Eton St. RAIL
PNT Pontiac Transportation Center 51000 Woodward Avenue RAIL
DET Detroit 11 West Baltimore Ave. RAIL

Post offices near Sterling Heights

Post Office Name City ZIP
Sterling Heigh Post Office Sterling Heights (MI) 48311
Utica Post Office Utica (MI) 48317
Clinton Townsh Post Office Clinton Township (MI) 48038
Madison Hts Carrier Annex Post Office Troy (MI) 48083
Shelby Townsh Post Office Shelby Township (MI) 48317

Other cities in Macomb County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Macomb County , MI. (more)

City Name Population Title
Clinton Township 99,753 A city in Macomb County, Michigan.
Macomb 92,131 A city in Macomb County, Michigan.
Saint Clair Shores 58,390 The most populous city in Macomb County, Michigan.
Chesterfield 46,659 Township in Macomb County, Michigan
Roseville 46,535 A city in Macomb County, Michigan.
Eastpointe 31,720 City in Macomb County, Michigan, United States
Washington 28,846 Township in Macomb County, Michigan
Mount Clemens 16,013 City in Michigan
Fraser 14,331 City in Macomb County, Michigan, USA
New Baltimore 12,281 City in Macomb County, Michigan, United States
Center Line 8,090 City in Michigan, United States
Utica 5,062 City in Michigan, United States
New Haven 5,061 Village in Michigan
Milton 3,944 Township in Cass County, Michigan
Romeo 3,572 Human settlement in Macomb County, Michigan, United States of America
Warren 2,050 City in the U.

Distance to Other Cities

Sterling Heights distances to largest Michigan cities