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Sterling, AK

Sterling, AK


Sterling, AK

Moving to Sterling, AK - Kenai Peninsula Borough
Sterling, AK is located in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in South-central Alaska. Sterling is a census-designated place (CDP), and as of the 2000 U.S. Census, it had a population of 4,705. Sterling also has a total area of 79.4 square miles with 77.3 square miles of land and 2.1 square miles of water. Although Sterling is quite small, it is a great place for any outdoor enthusiast. So, keep reading for more information about moving to Sterling, AK, a picturesque CDP! 

Sterling’s Weather: Moving to Sterling means that you’ll probably have to get used to colder weather than what you usually experience. However, Sterling probably doesn’t get as cold as you might think, and the summer temperatures can get fairly warm. Sterling has a cool average yearly temperature of 34 F. Summer temperatures usually get as high as the high 70s and winter temperatures usually drop to the high teens and even single digits! So, be sure to buy plenty of warm winter clothes! Sterling also experiences very different sunlight hours than the rest of the United States. On average, Sterling gets about 6-10 hours of sunlight in the winter months and about 17-19 hours of sunlight in the summer. That may take some time to get used to, but you’ll eventually be able to enjoy the abundance of sun in the summer! 

Transportation in Sterling: Driving is the preferred way to get around Sterling since it is quite a small city. However, making your way around the city and to nearby areas is very easy since Sterling is connected to Sterling Highway after which the city was named in 1954. When moving to Sterling, if you plan to drive from the contiguous United States to Alaska make sure that you have a passport or picture ID with your birth certificate for crossing the border into Canada. Also, if you’ll be traveling with pets, you’ll need certificates of health from your veterinarian for each pet.

Sterling Education: Sterling is served by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Although only one elementary school is located within Sterling, there are many schools located in very close by cities that children who live in Sterling attend. So, if you’re moving to Sterling with children who are in school, they’ll be moving into a school district that serves over 9,000 students which should be easy for them to get used to. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is comprised of 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, 11 secondary schools and 15 small schools. Because the school district is small, you’ll be glad to know that your children will be given special attention in these close-knit schools.

Recreation in Sterling: Moving to Sterling will provide you with the chance to do many different types of outdoor activities that you may not be able to do in most other places. Sterling is known for being a tourist destination for those who love to fish, hunt and canoe. The nearby Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to experience the beautiful foliage and waterways of Alaska. There are also several campgrounds around the city or cabins for rent with some right on the Kenai River. If you love to experience the beauty of nature, you’ll love moving to Sterling!

Useful Links - Moving to Sterling
Visitor Information
Voter Registration
Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

The service center for Sterling, AK is located in Anchorage, AK.

Information about Sterling, AK

Est. Population: 250
County: Kenai Peninsula
Latitude: 60.4667
Longitude: -150.1333
Zip Codes: 99672