Community Profile

Community Profile

Surprisingly affordable operating costs.

Plus exceptional operating conditions.

Take a closer look and you’ll see why so many companies choose to locate in Sterling.

Sterling is in Northcentral Illinois, a location that offers easy access to major metropolitan areas via interstate highways, rail, water and airports. And lower operating costs in virtually every category. All without the hassle and expense of a metro location.


The regional population base of more than 158,000 people has grown 5.3% over the past four years.  And our affordable labor costs—and hardworking, experienced employees–have attracted some of the world’s premier companies including Wal-Mart, General Electric, Wahl Clipper Corporation, and Stanley National Hardware.


In addition we offer:

  • A wealth of affordable sites and buildings
  • Communities that are committed to business success
  • And employee-friendly amenities like affordable housing, a broad choice of educational institutions and quality healthcare


Find out for yourself why Sterling is showing up on more site selectors’ short lists.


Click to download the Sterling Community Profile (PDF)