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Sanpete County, Utah


The Heart of Utah

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Statistics & Facts

The Utah state capital is Salt Lake City.
The population of Sterling is approximately 253 (2007), 262 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 81 (2000), 81 (2010).
The amount of land area in Sterling is 0.624 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Sterling is 0.2 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Sterling to Washington DC is 1967 miles.
The distance to the Utah state capital is 114 miles. (as the crow flies)
Sterling is positioned 39.19 degrees north of the equator and 111.69 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Sterling elevation is 5,574 feet above sea level.
Sterling per capita income is $ 18,422 (2090).
Sterling median income is $ 60,318 (2009).
Sterling average annual precipitation is 5.59 inches peryear.
Sterling average annual snowfall is 28.8 inches per year.
Sterling average temperature is 49.5 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 32.4 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 66.6 degrees F.


about two miles south of Manti in the southern portion of Sanpete County. Other nearby communities include: Mayfield, Gunnison, Centerfield, Fayette, Ephraim, Redmond and Salina.
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History & History Related Items

The town of Sterling was settled in 1881, but before that it was known as Pettyville. It was named for the leader of the group of settlers that came in 1873. His name was George Petty. They laid out their new community along the Sanpitch River. A number of cabins were built in the area along with a school and a cemetery. In 1881, the area was surveyed by James C. Snow for the new town of Sterling. Any remaining residents of Pettyville gradually moved into Sterling.

When the railroad came around 1885, more contact with other areas became possible. Mail came twice a day and was picked up near the Gunnison Reservoir and taken into Sterling to be delivered.

Here is a history page for Sterling.
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The settling of Sterling



Sterling is known as the Heart of Utah because of it's location in the center of the state.

Palisade State Park, 2 miles east of Sterling off Hwy 89. Camping, swimming, motorless boating, fishing, 9 hold golf course, partially handicapped accessible. For more information, please call (435) 835-7275
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Economy & Industry

main industries are construction and public administration. Most jobs are found in law enforcement, sales workers and truck drivers.
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Sterling City Government

City of Sterling
110 West 100 North
P.O. Box 650069
Sterling, Utah 84665
Phone: 435-835-1799

Sterling Chamber

Sanpete County Chamber of Commerce
345 West 100 North
PO Box 59
Ephraim, UT 84627
Phone: 435-283-4321

Sterling Organizations

Sanpete County Chamber of Commerce
345 West 100 North
PO Box 59
Ephraim, UT 84627
Phone: 435-283-4321

Sterling Libraries

Sanpete County Bookmobile Library
Phone: 435-427-9305
The bookmobile has a regular schedule in Sterling. Sterling


The population of Sterling was:
1880 - 216
1890 - 296
1900 - 335
1910 - 299
1920 - 288
1930 - 311
1940 - 223
1950 - 188
1960 - 137
1970 - 144
1980 - 199
1990 - 191
2000 - 235
2007 - 253

Population Density:
2000 - 976.3 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 28 years of age

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 77
2000 - 81

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 27,019
2009 - $ 60,318

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 12,041
2009 - $ 18,422

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 85,000
2009 - $ 161,102

Sterling is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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