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Sterling Heights was incorporated as a city in 1968. Prior to that it was known as Sterling Township. Anthony ("Tony) Dobry was the last Township Supervisor, and he became the first Mayor of the City. Dobry Boulevard, on the north end of town, is named for him. 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.
Christopher Galeczka, the 1995 winner of the National Geography Bee (now known as the National Geographic Bee), is a native of Sterling Heights.
Rapper Eminem briefly lived in the city in 2000.
The city is home to the Freedom Hill county park, located on Metro Parkway (16 Mile Road) east of Schoenherr Road. Freedom Hill began hosting concerts in 1999 in its 7,000-seat, outdoor theater. Several residents near the park began complaining about the loud music coming from the amphitheater. The complaints led to a long legal battle between Sterling Heights and Hillside Productions, which runs the theater, over the theater's impact on the neighborhood.
In 2001, Hillside Productions filed suit in state and federal courts, accusing city officials of conspiring to interfere in its operations. In March 2004, the city settled out of court, agreeing to pay Hillside $31 million. As part of the settlement, Hillside built a -high sound wall and a huge roof to cover the pavilion seating area. It remains only partially enclosed. Concerts resumed, as did the complaints of neighbors. Sterling Heights then sued three of its insurance carriers who refused to compensate the city for its $31 million payment. In 2006, the city settled with two of the three insurers.
In the summer of 2006, it became publicly known that the city was considering amending its fire code to include a requirement that all businesses post a premises identification sign in English, in order to facilitate the ability of first responders to locate an emergency call. On July 13, 2006, the city received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) expressing its viewpoint that the English-language requirement for business signs was discriminatory.
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.
Population (year 2000): 124,471. Estimated population in July 2006: 127,991 (+2.8% change)
Males: 60,970 (49.0%)
Females: 63,501 (51.0%)
Median resident age: 37.0 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48310, 48312, 48313, 48314.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $60,010 (it was $60,494 in 2000)
Sterling Heights $60,010
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $192,900 (it was $160,700 in 2000)
Sterling Heights $192,900
Median gross rent in 2005: $716.
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2005: 8.2%
Ancestries: Polish (21.0%), German (19.9%), Italian (13.3%), Irish (9.6%), English (7.4%), French (4.6%).
Elevation: 615 feet
Land area: 36.6 square miles. Population density: 3492 people per square mile (average).
For population 25 years and over in Sterling Heights
High school or higher: 84.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.0%
Graduate or professional degree: 7.2%
Mean travel time to work: 25.4 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Sterling Heights city
Never married: 25.6%
Now married: 60.0%
21,146 residents are foreign born (8.7% Asia, 7.0% Europe).
This city: 17.0%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2005: $2,610 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2005: $2,174 (1.2%)
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (14.3 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (323.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Utica, MI (3.4 miles ), Warren, MI (6.1 miles ), Fraser, MI (6.1 miles ), Shelby, MI (6.3 miles ), Center Line, MI (7.0 miles ), Madison Heights, MI (7.6 miles ), Clinton, MI (7.6 miles ), Troy, MI (7.9 miles ).
Latitude: 42.58 N, Longitude: 83.03 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: -3,813 (-3.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 12,565 (19.9%)
Area code commonly used in this area: 586
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 220 (163 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.27
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers near Sterling Heights:
ST JOHN MACOMB HOSPITAL (about 5 miles; WARREN, MI)
ST JOSEPHS MERCY HOSPITAL & HLTH SVCS (about 6 miles; CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI)
MADISON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (about 8 miles; MADISON HEIGHTS, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Sterling Heights:
DETROIT CITY (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 28 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 35 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Sterling Heights:
BERZ-MACOMB (about 8 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
OAKLAND/TROY (about 11 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
RAY COMMUNITY (about 15 miles; RAY, MI; ID: 57D)
Amtrak stations near Sterling Heights:
11 miles: ROYAL OAK (201 S. SHERMAN DR.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
12 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
15 miles: DETROIT (11 W. BALTIMORE AVE.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.ci.sterling-heights.mi.us
College/University in Sterling Heights:
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN BIBLE INSTITUTE (Location: 14000 METROPOLITAN PKY; Private, not-for-profit)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sterling Heights:
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 5 miles; WARREN, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,057)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 9 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 13 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 14 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 16 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 24 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 24 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)
Public high schools in Sterling Heights:
HENRY FORD II HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,757; Location: 11911 CLINTON RIVER ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
ADLAI STEVENSON HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,723; Location: 39701 DODGE PARK ROAD; Grades: 10 - 12)
STERLING HEIGHTS SENIOR H.S. (Students: 1,571; Location: 12901 15 MILE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
UTICA LEARNING ACADEMY (Students: 172; Location: 7600 18 MILE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high school in Sterling Heights:
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 372; Location: 14500 METROPOLITAN PKWY; Grades: PK - 12)
Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Sterling Heights:
FRANK JEANNETTE JR. HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 997; Location: 40400 GULLIVER DRIVE; Grades: 07 - 09)
BEMIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 989; Location: 12500 19 MILE ROAD; Grades: 07 - 08)
DAVIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 857; Location: 11311 PLUMBROOK ROAD; Grades: 07 - 09)
GRISSOM MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 781; Location: 35701 RYAN ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
GRAEBNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 688; Location: 41875 SAAL ROAD; Grades: PK - 06)
SCHWARZKOFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 675; Location: 8401 CONSTITUTION BOULEVARD; Grades: PK - 06)
SCHUCHARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 661; Location: 2900 HOLLY DRIVE; Grades: PK - 06)
FLYNN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 649; Location: 2899 FOX HILL DRIVE; Grades: 06 - 08)
CARLETON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 577; Location: 8900 15 MILE ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
DRESDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 572; Location: 11400 DELVIN DRIVE; Grades: PK - 06)
Library in Sterling Heights:
STERLING HEIGHTS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,069,870; Location: 40255 DODGE PARK ROAD; 207,669 books; 17,206 audio materials; 5,838 video materials; 368 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.7 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 72.1%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 3.3%
Whole state: 5.3%