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Sterling City, Texas
U.S. Highway 87 as it passes through Sterling City, Texas
U.S. Highway 87 as it passes through Sterling City, Texas
The Windmill City
Location of Sterling City, Texas
Location of Sterling City, Texas
Sterling County SterlingCity.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Sterling
 • Total 0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,287 ft (697 m)
 • Total 888
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,019.41/sq mi (393.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-70232
GNIS feature ID 1347899

Sterling City is the county seat of Sterling County, Texas, United States. Its population was 888 at the 2010 census.


Most people in Sterling County reside in Sterling City, which in 1891 became the county seat. W.S. Sterling, Indian fighter and buffalo hunter, was the namesake of the town.

Land for Sterling City was donated in January 1891 by R.C. Stewart, and was platted by H.B. Tarver in February. Before the year end, the town had its own newspaper, a hotel, a post office, and several other businesses. The next year, a school was built and Sterling City had 300 citizens in another four.

Sterling City began as home to a portion of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1910, but the service was eventually abandoned. The depot is still available for visitors to see.

During World War II, the population reportedly decreased, but by 1990, it peaked at nearly 1,100 residents, but since has dropped again to 982 by 2009.


Sterling City is located at 31°50′21″N 100°59′9″W / 31.83917°N 100.98583°W / 31.83917; -100.98583 (31.839066, -100.985871).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 854
1970 780 −8.7%
1980 915 17.3%
1990 1,096 19.8%
2000 1,081 −1.4%
2010 888 −17.9%
2019 (est.) 998 12.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 1,081 people, 393 households, and 297 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,105.9 people/sq mi (425.9/km2). The 467 housing units averaged 477.7/sq mi (184.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.05% White, 0.09% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 14.80% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 33.30% of the population.

Of the 393 households, 36.9% had children under 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were not families. About 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.69, and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city, the age distribution was 29.6% under 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,359, and for a family was $38,958. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $18,654 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,955. About 14.3% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.



The city of Sterling City is served by the Sterling City Independent School District and home to the Sterling City High School Eagles.

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