City of Sterling Heights: Fact Sheet

Sterling Township was incorporated as a city in 1968 to form Sterling Heights. The area was first settled by farmers in the 1830's. The farm community prospered and was converted to residential and business in the post World War II boom. Sterling Heights was once know as the Rhubarb capital of the world with a production of 5 million pounds in 1961 (65% of the world's crop in Utica and Sterling Heights).
Area
  36.8 square miles
Population
  126,146 (2000 census)
Dwelling Units
  32,886 (2001 SEMCOG)
Household Income
  $57,748 (2000 Census in 1999 Dollars)
Per Capita Income
  $21,874 (2000 Census in 1999 Dollars)
Median Housing Value
  $158,800 (2000 Census in 2000 Dollars)
Median Age
  37 Years
Sterling Heights facts   Third largest city in the State by size and fourth largest in population
   

Slogan is To Strive on Behalf of All

    Official flower is Lavender Rose and official tree is Chanticleer Pear
    Has 384 miles of roadway and maintains 309 miles
Largest Private Employers   Chrysler
    General Motors Corporation
    Ford Motor Company
    General Dynamics
     
Attractions:
Sterlingfest, Music in the Park
Lakeside Mall
Home to more that 3,500 businesses
Memorial Day Parade