September 20, 2014


Incorporated in 1884, Sterling depended on the Union Pacific railroad for shipment of its agriculture products to market. The City still has Union Pacific service, as well as Burlington Northern service, for its industries and businesses. Sterling’s economy continues to be based in agriculture, along with oil and gas production. It has expanded into spin-off and service industries to broaden the economic base.

The City of Sterling’s Council has taken a leadership role in the community’s economic development efforts. This has included improving the infrastructure to allow existing businesses to expand, and to assist in the attraction of future businesses. The City of Sterling has worked hard to establish a sound base on which new and existing businesses can thrive.

The City of Sterling relies upon various advisory boards for recommendations concerning City development. These boards include the Planning Commission, Public Works Board, Parks, Library and Recreation Board, Personnel Board, Sterling Urban Renewal Authority Board and Sterling Housing Authority (the final two being quasi-municipal boards).

Download Sterling’s demographic information.

Labor Force

City of Sterling/Logan County Major Employers
Company Name Employees Industry
Sterling Correctional Facility 850 Correctional Facility
Sterling Regional Med-Center 370 Hospital
RE-1 Valley School District 367 Public Education
Wal-Mart Supercenter 354 Retail
Sykes Enterprises 320 Information Technology
Northeastern Junior College 200 Public Education
Wisdom Manufacturing 150 Manufacturing
Logan County 145 Government
City of Sterling 132 Government
Burlington Northern Railroad 130 Railroad
Devonshire Nursing Home 106 Health Service
Nichols Tillage Tools 100 Manufacturing
Sterling Living Center 92 Health Service
Ramada Inn 73 Motel
Trinidad Bean Elevator 65 Agriculture
Industrial Welding 30 Building/Manufacturing
Sterling Journal-Advocate 28 Newspaper
Xcel Energy 26 Energy
Cargill 20 Agriculture