Sterling, Kansas

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Sterling is a city in Rice County, Kansas, United States. Peace was the original name of the Quaker community now known as Sterling, but in 1876 the named was changed by two brothers that named the town for their father, Sterling Rosan.[3] The population was 2,642 at the 2000 census. Sterling is home to Sterling College.




  • Picnic, 1955, the sequence by the lake was filmed in Sterling.


Sterling is located at 38°12′38″N 98°12′16″W / 38.21056°N 98.20444°W / 38.21056; -98.20444 (38.210658, -98.204549)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.76%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,642 people, 819 households, and 538 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,861.3 people per square mile (718.4/km²). There were 963 housing units at an average density of 678.4/sq mi (261.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.42% White, 1.51% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.72% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

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