Great Market Access! 

Sterling, Illinois is within 50 miles of over 1 million people and within a one-day drive (500 miles) of nearly 70 million people!

Population of 57,846 (Whiteside County)

(source: Stats America 2012)

Population within 50 miles: 1,088,245

(source: Stats America 2012)

Population within 500 miles: 69,051,029

(source: Stats America 2012)

The median age is 42.

(source: US Census Bureau 2012)

These population numbers work for your business: strong, close customer bases means you don’t have to ship your products far to reach a lot of customers. We’re also in proximity to several major U.S. markets, including the Quad Cities, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, with slightly longer drives to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland, and others.


And while we’re close to the major Midwestern markets, we still have the advantages of a smaller community.

Our safety ranking in Whiteside County (3) is significantly better than the Quad Cities and Chicago rankings (6), the Illinois average (6), and the U.S. average of 4. Whiteside County property crime rank is also lower than the rank of the Quad Cities (5), Chicago (6), the IL average (4), and the U.S. average (4)

(Source: Sperling’s Best Places 2012).