Sterling Heights has the 158th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 1.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Sterling Heights is part of the Detroit metro area. Unemployment in the Detroit area is 4%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Detroit has the 13th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Sterling Heights is below average at $50,980, and the median cost of a home in Sterling Heights is $143,500, which is below the national average. 26% of workers in Sterling Heights hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 86% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Sterling Heights. 87% of Sterling Heights workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 4% walk. People in Sterling Heights spend an average of 25 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.