As the second largest suburb of Detroit, Sterling Heights, MI is a bustling, safe suburban city of about 130,000 people located 16 miles from Detroit. Available home styles include colonial, bungalow, Cape Cod, and French-style homes on family-friendly and tree-lined streets. Real estate here is more expensive than in most other areas in Michigan, but it is still more affordable than the rest of the US.
The city of Sterling Heights, MI in Macomb County is known as a very family friendly place to live. It includes 27 neighborhoods in four zip codes in a square grid. Homes have appreciated quite significantly in the last 12 months. Neighborhoods in the northern section tend to have bigger lots and bigger homes. 19 mile road is a nice area that is made up mostly of small to medium sized single family homes and townhouses. 35% of the houses in this neighborhood are row houses. Examples of new home developments include Toussaint Meadows near Lakeside Mall, and premier Avalon Meadows on the border of Troy. The cost of living in the city is low, as is the percentage of income required to make payments an area home. Sterling Heights also scores high on livability due to inexpensive and varied housing, high quality schools, available jobs and low crime rates.
The Sterling Heights economy has a unique mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. The city has many office and sales workers, service providers and professionals and service providers. Sterling Heights also has more people living here who work in computers and math than in about 95% of the country. The largest employers in the city are the high-rated Utica School System, which employs 2,700 people and General Dynamics Land Systems, which retains 2,100 employees. There are around fifty manufacturing companies in the city. The top two taxpayers in the city are Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Group.